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Re: Bug#38544: gettext: split package into -base and -dev

> Julian Gilbey wrote:
> > Besides, what argument can there be for placing a 950k package in the
> > base system (it *certainly* won't fit on the floppies) when the only
> > file of significant utility to non-developers is the 17k
> > /usr/bin/gettext?
> There is an argument, however if there would be a gettext(-base)
> package it would need something about 300kB 
> 297     base
> 933     dev
> ...due to message catalogs which are used by the gettext program as
> well.

This is true.  However, I have investigated the situation, and have
discovered that only about 20% of the catalogues are actually relevant
to the gettext program itself.  So the 220k of catalogues could be
reduced to about 40-50k for a base version.  Would take a little
effort to automate (could of scripts), but I think the effort would be
worth it.  I may discuss this with the upstream authors.



  Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, QMW, Univ. of London. J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk
        Debian GNU/Linux Developer,  see http://www.debian.org/~jdg

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