Essential bloat [was: Debian on CDROM]
> would be preferred. This way I can get my standalone machine working
> without purchasing a million floppies.
This was ridiculous at 6 disks, but now?
base2_2.tgz 12-Oct-1999 02:39 15.5M
2.3.7. Essential packages
Some packages are tagged `essential'. (They have `Essential: yes' in
their package control record.) This flag is used for packages that are
_essential_ for a system.
This covers packages, but not their contents. In order to cut down the
cruft in the base system, I think we need to split the base packages into
Essential and not-so-essential components.
Let's pick on util-linux for a bit. Fine, util-linux is Essential.
And now a selection of files:
Fine, I'll buy that one.
All three essential? Maybe not, but let's not nitpick.
Only 16K, but not crucial to an installation.
I'm told that a zealous paring can get base down to a few megs.