Re: Is debhelper build-essential?
On Thu, 13 Jan 2005, Scott James Remnant wrote:
> The stats:
> 8,920 source packages in Debian unstable main.
> 8,254 declare a build-dependency on debhelper
> = 92% of packages build-depend on debhelper.
> Is that sufficient to declare it build-essential?
No, it's not by definition, as you don't *need* it for a simple
"hello, world" package written in C. The fact that there are policy
compliant packages in the archive not using debhelper is the most
simple proof that it's not build-essential.
Don't confuse build-essential with build-popular.