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Re: Multi-arch netinst getting too big

[ Added cc: to debian-powerpc for help... ]

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 08:44:15AM +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
>On Mon, 2010-06-28 at 22:46 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 03:45:31PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> >Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> writes:
>> >>
>> >> The netinsts are meant to have the base system, yes. I can't see
>> >> anything obvious myself that we can drop. Maybe time to give up on
>> >> powerpc on that image, like we've done on the m-a DVD. Shame, but
>> >> there's only so much stuff we can accommodate here. Anybody else have
>> >> an opinion here? Frans/Joey?
>> >
>> >Just a crcy idea: Could the plain i386 kernel be droped instead? That
>> >would loose support for i486 and i586 cpus on the m-a CD. But is that
>> >needed there?
>> That's an option, yes. We could strip out the kernels for < 686
>> systems here, but I'd like to keep them on if at all possible to make
>> this image as universally useful as possible. I'd be more convinced to
>> simply drop powerpc instead, like we already did for the multi-arch
>> DVD.
>Sounds reasonable to me, but then I'm not a powerpc user...
>Does the CD image need powerpc, powerpc-smp and powerpc64 kernels?
>Perhaps one of powerpc and powerpc-smp could be dropped (presuming that
>the smp variant still works on a UP system dropping the UP could well be

No idea, to be honest. Powerpc folks - thoughts?

>Do you have any idea where perl (not perl-base) comes from? python (not
>python-minimal) doesn't seem to be in the base system but is on the CD
>as well. Similarly nothing seems to pull in binutils or doc-linux-text
>deliberately. (I'm picking on these packages because they are the
>largest components under pool/main/*)

Hmmm. At the very least, debconf needs perl-base. linux-base then
pulls in the main perl package later (via libapt-pkg-perl). As for
python, I'm not seeing that on the current m-a netinst CD. We then
have linux-headers-$foo -> gcc-4.3 -> binutils. I don't see
doc-linux-text in the log either.

(Looking at the log files make_disc_tree.log and sort_deps.i386.log
for this info...)

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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