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Re: Reducing installed package size


(My apologies if this mail shows up twice, I sent the previous one from
the wrong mail account and I'm afraid it might have got lost...)

I think this is a great idea!

I'm sorry, I've been kind of away from linux embedded stuffs for the
past 2 years, but I'm still subscribing this ML and keeping an eye on it.
I'm not very up-to-date with the current state of the emdebian project,
but I hope to have some more free time in a couple of months to dedicate
myself again to this.

About the purge packages... From my experience 2 years ago, another
thing I found useful to remove were the X driver modules you're not
using (in case you need X server in your installation). So I think that
a X drivers purge (or similar) would be great too. This might be more
tricky since you got to remove all modules _except_ the one your using
(and maybe the vesa should stay too for compatibility issues). But it
shouldn't be too hard to figure that out.

Best regards,
Bruno Gravato.

Philippe De Swert wrote:
> Hi all,
> Recently playing with the localepurge package the following came up:
> Would it be a good idea to create similar packages that purge documentation,
> man pages, changelogs etc...?
> This would basically mean we have a simple system to remove all of this after
> install which gives us greater flexibility and removes the need to adapt the
> Debian build system. Also it allows for re-use in normal Debian or maybe
> Slind. It will definitely make it handier for people to have and maintain
> small Debian installations. Not having to remove all the unnecessary bloat by
> hand each time after an upgrade.
> The proposal consists of two packages:
> * doc purge : removes stuff from /usr/share/doc
> * man purge : removes stuff /usr/share/man (localepurge already removes
> localized ones, but it might be interesting to remove everything)
> Any comments or ideas on this?
> Regards,
> Philippe

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