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Re: Is debhelper build-essential?

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?

Also of interest is that some 1300 packages would no longer need to declare a Build-Depends: at all with those changes, and another 1200 wouldn't need to declare a Build-Depends-Indep:.

That's, what, a quarter of build-depends lines disappearing entirely, above and 13 of every 15 of the rest being simplified?

OTOH, it'd also mean updating build-essential every now and then to say "you can assume debhelper will support this level of features, gcc will support these features, etc...".

What say you?

Rename it to "standard-debian-build-environment". :)


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