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

On 17-Sep-01, 13:47 (CDT), David Kimdon <dwhedon@gordian.com> wrote: 
> I see that we have a situation where we have created some specialized
> handling of certain packages.  If we can find a way to generalize that
> handling so that it will be useful to more people I'd call that a win.
> That is what I am proposing.

Not all problems require a general solution. There are a few packages
(relative to the total size of the debian archive) that need special
versions for use with the installation system. What is the value of
a "embedded" version of TeX, for example? Spending the non-trivial
time/thought to generalize this for a (IMO) very small gain seems like a
misguided effort.

And I don't believe that they would generalize to an "embedded" Debian,
either. Embedded systems tend to target specific purposes, with specific
requirements, and each would probably make different choices about what
particular options/features/chunks of the package they would choose.

Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net>

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