Installing basic development tools..

If your looking for info on how to install Gnome development tools, please check here!

Some time’s people need to build program’s from source. The trouble with Ubuntu is that the tool’s you need to do this task aren’t installed by default.

To install them just type sudo apt-get install build-essential into a terminal.

This simple command will install all the most commonly used programs & allow you to build from source etc.

If your wondering what separate packages make up the build-essential one, then open up a terminal & type..

gedit /usr/share/doc/build-essential/essential-packages-list

The contents of the build-essential package seem to rely on what the developers think are necessary at the time of building & what dependencies can be met. It could contain completely different software if installed on a distribution built for nothing but Python programming (for example).

“This list attempts to document the set of build-essential packages as
well as possible. However, it is not authoritative (actually, there
is no authoritative list at all).”

Here’s what’s currently in the Ubuntu build-essential package:







These will be installed, along with any dependencies that are needed to make them run.


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