RE: /etc getting big
> /etc/X11/flwm is slighlty big because each menu entry is a file like
> yellowpig% cat /etc/X11/flwm/wmx/Debian/Apps/Editors/Emacs\ 20\ DL
># This file was automatically generated (see /usr/doc/menu).
># DO NOT EDIT!
> Suppressing the warning would make the files smaller.
You can not make a file smaller than the block size of the FS, which is
typically 4k. A 1 byte file still uses 4k of disk space. Symlinks use 3
inodes, so no real savings is seen there either.