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Bug#696154: cloud.debian.org: Please install 'less' by default on official Debian AMIs.

On 12/17/2012 10:23 PM, Charles Plessy wrote:
> To Thomas: less is installed on almost all Debian systems where
> popularity-contest is installed, and is used in almost a half of these systems.


> So instances used interactively, this is definitely a command that is missing.

I don't agree.

> But in the long run, we need a solid criterion to decide what is included and
> what is not.

This was exactly my point, and I had no doubts that you would get it.

> Do you or others know about evaluations on the costs caused by
> adding extra kilobytes or megabytes to a machine image ?

The point isn't to add or remove extra kilobytes, but to ship the
strict minimum. Otherwise, we might as well add:
- GNU screen
- vim
- joe (yes, I like this one...)
- emacs (wooo... a few megabytes!)
- less
- etc.

Why not? These are nice...

So if the criteria is to have the strict minimum, "less" isn't needed.
If it's to have a nice env, then we'll fight and fight over and over
again to decide which should be added (vim vs emacs anyone?).


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