This is the umpteenth time I looked up what build-essential is on openSUSE. For my purposes, it’s the devel_basis pattern.
To see what packages have the pattern,
$ zypper info -t pattern devel_basis
Yes it has a lot of packages, but I usually end up installing many of those anyways.
$ sudo zypper install -t pattern devel_basis
That’s all. I’ve started remembering to use the notes on my site, which means it occurs to me that more notes would be helpful.