C programs Solved

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Thu Feb 28 02:23:20 UTC 2008

Mario Vukelic wrote:

> On Tue, 2008-02-26 at 20:23 +0200, Marius Gedminas wrote:
>> I was slightly mistaken about the purpose of build-essential.  After
>> checking the description I now see that it is needed for building
>> Debian packages.
> aptitude show build-essential
> " If you do not plan to build Debian packages, you don't need this
> package.  Moreover this package is not required for building Debian
> packages."                      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> Confusing, isn't it :)

Not really.  You don't need it at all if you're not building .debs.  You
_still_ don't need it for building .debs, but it helps :-)

otoh, I agree that it's just simpler to suggest build-essential than to
figure out exactly which packages a particular developer is going to need

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