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Re: Development package hint in INSTALL for GNU/Linux?

From: Andreas Davour
Subject: Re: Development package hint in INSTALL for GNU/Linux?
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 13:29:34 +0200 (CEST)

On Wed, 30 Apr 2003, Richard Stallman wrote:

>     Maybe it's best to just note that the header files are needed. If we start
>     mentioning Debian/RedHat package names they'll probably change names next
>     week.
> Don't worry about that.  We can say that these were the names as of
> such and such a month.  It is better to give names that may have changed
> than not give them at all.

Ok, with such a date mentioned it feels a lot more fair. Obsolete
information can create more problem that it helps, but that way it at
least has a time frame when it's correct.

>         Or is it more than the header files that are needed?
> It is not just headers.  Often the linkable versions of the shared
> libraries are in separate packages.

Ok. Then packages might a better idea than mentioning specific
files. Even though one or two components might fall in between anyway. 


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