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Re: Bug#94827: tktable; Build-Depends: debhelper

On 20010423T091432-0500, Steve Greenland wrote:
> It's been discussed before. The problem is that most
> debhelper Build-Depends actually need to be versioned[1], which won't
> work with build-essential.

That's not the real reason.  Take the definition of build-essential
packages from policy.  It specifies that the list will not cantain any
packages that are optional in building a package that contains a C or
C++ program.  It should be clear to everybody that debhelper is not
required (there are developers who don't use debhelper - consider in
contrast dpkg-dev, which everybody needs) and thus not essential.

IMHO, it'd be more in line with the philosophy of build-essentiality
to remove the C and C++ compilers from the list than to add debhelper.
But both changes will require policy amendments.

Antti-Juhani, the build-essential maintainer who is behind in his
Debian mail (busy IRL)
%%% Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho % gaia@iki.fi % http://www.iki.fi/gaia/ %%%

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