Mayuresh <mayuresh%acm.org@localhost> writes: > I come from prior Linux background where -devel indicates a package that > just provides header files etc of its corresponding binary package for > development purpose. In addition to what Joerg said, note that in pkgsrc there is not a broad notion of packages being split into runtime and compilation pieces. The reasons for not doing this are, roughly: the gain from not installing header files is small building multiple binary packages from one compilation is not the way pkgsrc works pkgsrc has a build-from-source mentality, even if there are binaries, so most people who work on pkgsrc find the notion of wanting binaries installed and not headers/etc. to be a somewhat bizarre special case that they are not inclined to spend effort to support Basically, I think Linux only has -devel packages because there are only a handful of cpu architectures there is a strong culture of running binaries, to the point where building everything from source seems odd thus the work to have header-only split packages makes more sense.
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