What’s a build-essential package?

In Debian-based Linux, a build-essential package is a package containing references to other packages and libraries that are required to build a software from source. This includes gcc(GNU C Compiler), g++(GNU C++ Compiler), make, automake, etc.
It can be installed via apt-get:

su apt-get update
su apt-get install build-essential

In Red Hat-based Linux, build-essential package takes the form of a group of packages known as “Development Tools” and “Development Libraries” which can be installed using yum as,

su yum update
su yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries"


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