Guy Maor: > > Did we reach any conclusion on reorganizing the devel directory? > > No, the suggestions got a bit silly at the end though. Here's one more suggestion. I think it makes sense to view Debian users as either end-users or programmers. End-users need easy access to whatever run-time support various languages need. They should not have to download all of the current devel. Programmers (including people who are just compiling stuff) can be assumed to download all of devel. The current devel can therefore be divided into two or three classes: libraries run-time libraries (.so, and those for the interpreted languages); these may be needed by programs interpreters also needed by programs; it probably makes sense to join this with libraries and call the result run-time devel needed for compilation or other program development tasks, never necessary to run ordinary programs Here's a quick-n-dirty division of the current devel into the above classes: libraries: CGI-modules blt id-utils libc4 libelf libg++27 libident libobjects libpam libwww-perl tcl74 tcl75 tclX tk40 tk41 interpreters: expect gcl guile intercal j1 perl perl-suid perl-tk postgres95 python python-base python-curses python-dev python-doc python-examples python-gdbm python-misc python-mpz python-net python-stdwin python-tk gclinfo postgres95-docs devel: autoconf automake bin86 binutils bison byacc c2man cflow dchanges ddd-smotif dejagnu dist dld dlltools electric-fence flex ftnchek gcc gdb gettext gmp gnat ilu indent libc4-dev libc5-dbg libc5-dev libc5-pic libdb1-dev libelf-dev libgdbm1-dev libreadline2-dev make ncurses3.0-dev ncurses3.0-pic p2c perl-debug pmake ratfor77 slang-devel slang-lib strace tcl74-dev tcl75-dev tk40-dev tk41-dev xxgdb glibcdoc cpp m4 cvs rcs Also currently in devel (but misplaced, I think): editors: xwpe admin(?): boot-floppies I suggest that we break out the run-time support from the current devel, giving: run-time programs and files needed to run applications devel programs and files needed to develop applications Opinions? -- Please read <http://www.iki.fi/liw/mail-to-lasu.html> before mailing me. Please don't Cc: me when replying to my message on a mailing list.
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