Re: Updating build-essential package list
On Mon, Jun 26, 2000 at 02:55:41PM +0200, Jérôme Marant wrote:
> And I still don't understand why it is C and C++ related only.
Which languages would you add? Emacs Lisp? Perl? Python? I admit that
the selection of essential programming languages was rather arbitrary,
mostly based on their use in the Debian base.
> To my mind, build-essential packages should be packages that are required by
> a large amount of packages to build, avoiding including them again and again in
> Build-Depends* fields.
But debhelper is not required to build ANY packages! (Consider the
difference: you can rewrite the build system of any package to remove
debhelper, but you can't rewrite the build system of a package containing
a C program to not require a C compiler.)
It is just that most package maintainers consider debhelper useful.
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