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Re: Debian Mini-distro: how to recompile base-system and remove Java?

On 29 May 2006, at 18:32, Daniel Ruoso wrote:

Em Seg, 2006-05-29 às 13:49 +0100, Chris Boot escreveu:
I'm starting work again on a thinned-down version of Debian I call PicoDebian. The idea of this new version is to replace glibc with uClibc, and generally slim
down various packages to fit nicely in confined environments.

This need is starting to become more and more evident... I'm working on
this also, using SLIND as toolchain and initial bootstrap (which,
actually, is saving the day).

It's good to find someone in the same boat!

SLIND sounds interesting indeed, I've been using a buildroot-built system for mine so it was difficult getting dpkg built in the first place, but I've got it mostly all going. All the arch-independent packages help a lot too.

Can anybody give me a helping hand in building a basic base-system that I can use to recompile other packages? How about removing all the Java dependencies
from gcc-3.3, gettext, et al?

The challange is to compile the other packages that compose the
build-essential package list. With that, in theory, you can setup a

That's what I'm aiming for as well, but unfortunately there's a hell of a lot of dependencies in all that lot!

I'm working locally on this (my bandwidth is poor, so it's hard to me to
upload partial progress). The uclibc-i386 packages missing to me are:
* gcc

There seem to be ways to build a minimal gcc built into the build scripts, but I can't seem to be able to trigger these to successfully build a compiler. It keeps dying with:

stage1/xgcc -Bstage1/ -B/usr/i486-linux/bin/ -g -O2 -DIN_GCC -W - Wall -Wwrite-strings -Wstrict-prototypes -Wmissing-prototypes - Wtraditional -pedantic -Wno-long-long -DHAVE_CONFIG_H - DGENERATOR_FILE -o gengenrtl \
gengenrtl.o ../libiberty/libiberty.a
./gengenrtl -h > tmp-genrtl.h
/bin/sh: line 1: ./gengenrtl: No such file or directory

* libgdbm3
* libdb4.2 (I'm very near on finishing this one)
* perl (which depends on the two libs above)

I've built perl without having either of the two prerequisites installed, works for most things and satisfies lots of dependencies! :-)

I'm working with sarge, as it's easier to deal with a frozen target, but
after that 4 packages, we have the way to setup a buildd and start
natively building packages.

Yup, same here, Sarge base with a few patched packages.

Maybe we could join forces to speed things along?

Many thanks,

Chris Boot

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