Bug#112090: [fw: Bug#112090: [PROPOSAL]: support reduced footprint debs at build time]
David Kimdon <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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..<email@example.com>...<URL:http://www.onshored.com/>