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Re: Save a few hunderd kilobytes or a few hundred perl users?

Dan Kogai
May 1, 2002 09:17
Re: Save a few hunderd kilobytes or a few hundred perl users?
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On Thursday, May 2, 2002, at 12:56 , Mark Murray wrote:
>> For me, nowadays 45MB is nothing compared to medium HDD capacity, and 
>> even
>> my POCKET PC will easily accomodate it...
> 45 MB is fine as a port - we have ports that are way bigger than that.

And we even have bigger ports that does take longer to build than 'make 
buildworld' the whole FreeBSD (which takes less than 30 minutes on 
Athron XP 1400 -- the fastest box I have at my fingertip).

> As part of the base OS? Nope. The only functionality that we _need_
> is the basic language - effectively miniperl.

But to sensibly strip down the distribution to just as much as needed 
does take a lot of something the most precious -- intellectual power.  
That I consider a waste.  I don't think anyone objects that there are 
several hundred, or even thousand, files under /usr/src so long as it 
builds and so long as it nicely fits -- say, in a CD-ROM.  FreeBSD 
4.5-stable as of now is just 364,149 kBytes UNCOMPRESSED.  Why don't you 
just untargz what Perl 5 porter has to offer and forget about what files 
should go and stay?  You can easily install only needed parts.

Speaking of which, the whole build process does not use objective-C 
(correct me if I am wrong).  So if you insist on stripping Perl it may 
as well be unfair to leave GCC unstripped (I pretty much doubt GPL 
allows you to do so, however).

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