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Re: Contents-i386.gz files

On Wed, Mar 24, 2004 at 03:53:13PM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
>About 1/5th of the sarge businesscard image, and a fair bit of the
>netinst iso are taken up by the Contents-i386.gz files. I propose that
>these be dropped from these smaller images. As I understand it, the
>reason to include the Contents files is so users with a full CD set, who
>are on limited bandwidth or offline will have access to it. This is a
>good thing, and it's small compared to a full CD set. But with the
>small network install images, it is both relatively quite large, and not
>very useful, since the user will have a network connection, and will
>only use their CD for the intitial install.

That makes obvious sense, yes.

>I've also thought that it might be worthwhile to remove the
>debian-keyring.tar.gz file (also 7 mb) from these images. However, I do
>not really know how that file is intended to be used.

I'm not sure myself. Maybe things like debsig-verify will use the
keyring files in there to validate the signatures of the
packages. Even so, on a small image I'd agree that's a lot of space to
be taking up.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.

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