I wonder if nowadays pkg-config would qualify as Build-Essential.

We have 2400 source packages listing it as explicit Build-Depends and
countless -dev packages pulling in pkg-config. So the list of packages
requiring pkg-config during build is potentially much longer.

At which point do we consider a package Build-Essential?
It's not like every package actually uses gcc or make during build either.

Aside from the sheer number of packages requiring pkg-config, adding it
to build-essential would be an endorsement of pkg-config as the one
right tool to detect dependencies during configure.


Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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