Re: Debian Mini-distro: how to recompile base-system and remove Java?
On Mon, 2006-05-29 at 13:49 +0100, Chris Boot wrote:
> 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.
> I've managed to build several of the base-system packages already, mostly
> forcing dependencies to be ignored as a start, but there are some that I'm not
> entirely sure how to get around.
> For example, a huge number of packages depend on gettext. While I've installed a
> local version from vanilla upstream source, this isn't good enough! The gettext
> source package itself would be better, but requires Java related tools to build.
> I'd rather keep Java and other such less-used stuff out of my distro, which also
> means thinning down GCC so it no longer requires quite so much to build, and no
> longer building Java.
> 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?
This sounds a lot like what I went through when building Crocodile .
You might want to take a look at my DebConf 5 presentation  for some
There hasn't been much development on Crocodile during the winter, but
building Crocodile is being used e.g. to test the toolchains of new