[conspire] Breezy Badger/configure something

Nick Moffitt nick at zork.net
Tue Jan 3 19:34:47 PST 2006

On 03Jan2006 06:13PM (-0800), Rick Moen wrote:
> Hoping to close the loop:
> > Why isn't gcc on my $PATH?  I know it's installed.
> I'll bet it _isn't_.  Here's why I would guess that:
> http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-3642.html says...
[much ignorance of Ubuntu's/Debian's font of packaged software snipped]
> > Well... you can also obviously get it from their repository, in package
> > called 'build-essential', by simply running 'apt-get install build-essential'

Then Rick wrote again:
> "build-essential" is, if memory serves, a meta-package the installation
> of which pulls down onto your system a good selection of software-build
> tools.

I actually tend to ignore the actual package names used to install
development tools.  Why?  Because apt-get build-dep is a fantastic way
to install a *complete* set of build dependencies for a particular

To make use of it, you first have to make sure that you have "deb-src"
entries in your /etc/apt/sources.list file.  For Ubuntu, there may be a
selection in the package management tools, but I typically do it
manually with lines such as the following:

deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu breezy main
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu breezy universe

Once these are installed, and "sudo apt-get update" run, it is possible
to install all of the necessary tools to build, say, vim by running
"sudo apt-get build-dep vim".  Note that this goes by source package
name and not the resulting binary package.  So running the build-dep
command just described will grab all the GNOME and TCL development
packages you can tolerate.

...but it will *also* install the full development toolchain, if needed.
It's very handy, and I often prime a new machine with a "sudo apt-get
build-dep glibc" just for sanity's sake.

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