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Re: deb package small file size?

On Fri, 2003-10-10 at 20:19, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2003 at 09:01:46PM -0400, Sully W Beardmore wrote:
> > I'm JUST getting started with Debian, in fact I have a Knoppix CD in the
> > mail right now.  I've been looking at the Debian package tree at Wine
> > debs, and they seem incredibly small.  The normal rpm size of Wine is >6
> > MB, but the deb was <1 MB!
> Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the wine package itself just
> contains the WINE executables and a few other bits and pieces. You also
> need libwine, and the sum of the sizes of wine and libwine are rather
> closer to the RPM sizes you quote.

To generalize, Debian breaks things up into lots of packages.  This
is mainly because of the Debian philosophy "only install what you

For example, back in my Mandrake days, if I wanted to install Python,
X Windows and Gtk had to be pre-installed.  Not so with Debian.

Ron Johnson, Jr. ron.l.johnson@cox.net
Jefferson, LA USA

"Fair is where you take your cows to be judged."

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