Bug#112090: PROPOSAL]: support reduced footprint debs at build time
> Euhm, you serious expect the installer to be able to compile itself
> during an install?
umm, no, looks like I said something confusing.
I'm talking about the installer's build system, not the actual install.
A bit more elaboration:
boot-floppies - when we are creating the _install_ root filesystem we
apt-get a bunch of binary packages, extract them into a temporary
area, remove stuff we don't want, do library reduction etc.. Some of
the packages that we grab are special *-bf packages, smaller versions
built specifically for boot floppies. _no one_ else uses them except
for people buliding boot-floppies.
debian-installer - we apt-get a bunch of .udebs, then build our little
fs. _no one_ else uses them except for people building
Both systems grab source pacakages during the build, rather than
binaries. embedded is put into DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS, and the packages
are compiled small, fit for boot-floppies or debian-installer. We
then take those generated binary packages and build our install disk.