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I want to get some "build essentials" (like gcc, make, etc.) on an empty micro Linux box. Seems inefficient to spend my time trying to try installing one thing, then realize I need gcc, then realize I need make, then realize I need something else.

What's a good way to do this?

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Depends on your distro, and what you're going to build. – haimg Oct 29 '11 at 23:26
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Most distributions have "build-essentials" or an equivalent package, either as an option or installed by default.

  • In Debian-based distros, this would be the build-essential package, which you can install with apt-get install build-essential.
  • In Fedora/Red Hat-based distros, this would be the "Development Tools" group, which you can install with yum groupinstall "Development Tools".
  • In SUSE Linux-based distros, this would be the "Base Development" (devel_basis) pattern, which you can install with zypper install --type pattern devel_basis.

You could also compile the software you need into packages with checkinstall using another system, then move them over, if for some reason you didn't want a full development environment on the instance of EC2 you are using.

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On SLES SP1, i ran zypper install --type pattern Basis-Devel – JavaRocky Oct 17 '12 at 3:10

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