On Tue, Nov 07, 2006 at 11:35:52AM +0000, Wookey wrote:
> > >Can you show me that again - how come splitting into loads of locale
> > >packages ends up with less space taken up than the original. Do you
> > >mean that the extra locale overhead is less than the size of the docs
> > >and examples we missed out?
> > Yes - at the repository the difference can be relatively small. The
> > *big* gain comes for the user. By specifying their locale, as normal,
> > in the installation, only a few (or just one) translation package needs
> > to be installed per binary package. This compares to Debian where if a
> > package contains dozens translations, the user has no real option but
> > to install all of them.
> [there is a package which installs an apt-hook to throw away the ones
> you didn't wnat, but this is just an aside]
It's called localepurge. I use it myself. The only downsides are
that you have to initially install the big package, and then the cruft
is removed, and if you later want to install a second locale, you need
to reinstall all those packages. Upside: less work, and fewer
packages in the archive.