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    The purpose behind *dev packages

    Hmm, I wonder, what's the purpose of having -dev packages in deb and rpm based distros? It's sometimes quite annoying when you start compiling something and realise that you just didn't install some corresponding dev-packages... In slackware and gentoo a package always comes "complete" with all development files, documentation, etc. So, what do you think are the pros for having -dev packages?

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    Re: The purpose behind *dev packages

    The *dev packages are usually orientated toward developers. With apt, it automagickally (most of the time) resolves conflicts by installing libraries you need. Not everyone compiles their applications.
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    Re: The purpose behind *dev packages

    If you were to install a base system with, say, X, GNOME, GTK, Evolution, et al, for someone, then that's not going to be that big. If you include all the development stuff as well, it will be massive. It's just unnecessary.
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    Re: The purpose behind *dev packages

    That is what is meant by binary packages. Just the binaries, no headers or source.

    Using the headers, you can compile agains the binaries without the source...

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