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Bug#112090: [fw: Bug#112090: [PROPOSAL]: support reduced footprint debs at build time]

David Kimdon <dwhedon@gordian.com> writes:
> The purpose of this change is to give Debian a more elegant way of
> handling reduced footprint debs.   Rather than including
> special-purpose binaries in the archive (the status quo), I suggest we
> support hooks in source packages that produce size optimized versions.
> If this change is applied then the following hacks can be fixed:
>  - remove the e2fsprogs-bf, amiga-fdisk-bf and the proposed
>    reiserfsprogs-bf packages from the archive.  Instead the
>    boot-floppies build system would build these packages from source.
>    (Note that it may be too late to actually do this to woody
>    boot-floppies.  We could save some space by building optimized
>    versions of every package that we use on boot-floppies, maybe this
>    makes sense.)

This "hack" will be fixed as boot-floppies is deprecated with the post
woody release.  What's the point of putting it into policy?

>  - remove udeb's from the archive.  The debian-installer build system
>    will instead build the packages from source.

Why is this such a great thing?  udeb's live in their own tree.
Requiring all these packages to be built at debian-installer build
time seems to add undue headache to the the debian-boot folks and
porters.  I like that they are available separately in built form for
testing and use...

...Adam Di Carlo..<adam@onshore-devel.com>...<URL:http://www.onshored.com/>

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