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I am going to start a project soon, and want to make sure all libs are included that are not natively installed. Is there a way to check this without compiling on a clean machine?

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If you're building a .deb package, you can use pbuilder to do a test build. Since pbuilder builds in a clean chroot environment, it's a bit like building on a clean machine, without the hassle. And if you're missing any build dependencies, you'll quickly find out.

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