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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.

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