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Old 03-26-2011, 08:53 AM
Joerg Jaspert
 
Default Build-Essential

Hi,

there are currently two ways to indicate what Debian considers
"Build-Essential". There is the package build-essential and there is
also a flag in the packages files.

We think it was used to be able to calculate the B-E packages by "just
looking at the packages files", but we do not see a good reason to have
it so. Simply installing the build-essential package plus dependencies
should do the trick too.

As far as we know currently the main user of this field seems to be
debootstrap in its buildd variant mode. If anybody else is using this it
would be useful if we could know about it, but currently we don't see
any reason to keep the flag, it is just useless extra maintenance to
have two places. As such we intend to drop the B-E flag after Squeeze is
removed from the main archive, which means all tools starting with
Wheezy using the flag should cope with using the package.

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bye, Joerg
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:47 AM
Andreas Metzler
 
Default Build-Essential

Joerg Jaspert <joerg@ganneff.de> wrote:
> there are currently two ways to indicate what Debian considers
> "Build-Essential". There is the package build-essential and there is
> also a flag in the packages files.

> We think it was used to be able to calculate the B-E packages by "just
> looking at the packages files", but we do not see a good reason to have
> it so. Simply installing the build-essential package plus dependencies
> should do the trick too.

> As far as we know currently the main user of this field seems to be
> debootstrap in its buildd variant mode. If anybody else is using this it
> would be useful if we could know about it,
[...]

Just for reference, cdebootstrap does not use the field, it installs the
build-essential package.

cu andreas


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Old 03-27-2011, 12:29 PM
Neil Williams
 
Default Build-Essential

On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 10:53:07 +0100
Joerg Jaspert <joerg@ganneff.de> wrote:

> there are currently two ways to indicate what Debian considers
> "Build-Essential". There is the package build-essential and there is
> also a flag in the packages files.

Wherever I do use build-essential in Emdebian scripts, it is the package name, not a parser for the Packages file. Indeed, in Emdebian Grip processing, we actually remove this field from the Packages file.


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