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Re: gcc as optional

On Wed, Jan 28, 2004 at 07:57:25AM +0100, Giacomo A. Catenazzi wrote:
> Martin Pitt wrote:
> >
> >On 2004-01-27 12:54 +0100, A Mennucc1 wrote:
> >
> >>I here propose that gcc (and companions) become "Priority: optional"
> >
> >
> >I second that. I often install Debian on routers and firewalls (of the
> >class Pentium 60 with 400 MB HD), and the first thing I always have to
> >do is to get rid of this bunch of development tools. Also, the
> >computer of my girlfriend does not need a compiler and so do many
> >workstations.
> No. One of our power is the sources, let user install programs (and
> kernels), from sources easy.

By that reasoning, build-essential should be installed by default as
well, but it isn't.

> On routers and firewall you will remove alot more programs,
> so removing also gcc don't make a big difference.

Ever looked at the size of those packages?

Wouter Verhelst
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