Here goes another round of “Ask MOTU” questions and answers.
Q: I want to build , but don’t have to have lots of useless development packages on my system. What do I do?
- pbuilder is a tool that will build a minimal environment for every source package you give it, just containing build-essential plus the packages specified in Build-Depends. Also it’s a great way to find out if you got the Build-Depends right. (Use pbuilder-dist (of the ubuntu-dev-tools package) to have several different pbuilders, like one for Dapper, one for Edgy, etc.)
- A chroot is such a minimal environment, you can easily dive into it by using the chroot command.
Q: What is the MOTU Council? What does it do?
Q: I’m interested in a lot of different things - how can I help out?
A: Most teams have TODO pages you can help out with, some of them are categorised by CategoryTeamTODOPage on the wiki. Some very good examples are: