meta packages - development, compilers etc

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Thu Jun 16 13:50:54 UTC 2005

On Thu, 16 Jun 2005 08:24:24 -0400
"Eric S. Johansson" <esj at> wrote:

> I'm wondering if there are any meta packages for things like software 
> development.  The reason I'm asking is that recently I built qastrocam 
> and I found myself having to hunt down a bunch of packages just to 
> compile it.  It would have been nice to have a metapackage for all of 
> the core elements such as basic libraries, bison, flex, gcc, etc. etc. 
> components so that I could install one thing and get on with my 
> development life.  Obviously one could build multiple meta packages for 
> different development environments (Java, Python, etc.) if there was 
> interest.
> If there is such a meta package, where are they listed?
> just thinking aloud.
> ---eric

A start would be 

sudo apt-get install build-essential

For information type

apt-cache show build-essential

Hope this helps


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