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, 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)
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