Re: Debian on the Sharp Zaurus/SL-5xxx
On Sun, Jun 16, 2002 at 07:29:22PM +0200, Magnus Ekdahl wrote:
> > I am interested in creating a full-featured Debian environment for the
> > Zaurus,
> Would this mean that you intend to reduce the number of essential
> As far as I can see there is a problem with the size of the essential
> packages being very large and that you don't have to declare a dependency
> on a package that is essential. Which could mean that the zaurus port
> would be plagued with unsatisfied dependencies.
So far, the packages that I plan on omitting by default are Priority:
important and less. setserial, sysklogd, fdutils, groff-base, all fall into
this category. With these changes, and omitting documentation and some
other bits, I was able to get a useful (but basic) Debian system down to
around 20MB uncompressed. Since most of this would go on the cramfs
filesystem loaded from flash, it should easily fit, along with a kernel and
the boot loader stuff, into the 16MB flash provided.
So, thus far, the current set of essential packages is working out OK.
> Btw, I'm totally for reducing the number of unnecessary programs that is
> currently essential.
Which packages or programs seem superfluous to you?
I find this list quite reasonable; a case could perhaps be made against
Perl, but having it available in base has saved me many times (including on
the Zaurus, where I needed to setuid(geteuid()) from a shell).
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