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David Golden
January 25, 2012 08:10
Re: Reaction to Redhat/Fedora modified releases
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On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 3:53 AM, Jerome Quelin <> wrote:
> i'm not the one trying to shave everything possible, since i'm not
> working on the installation stage of the distribution. but i think that
> for them, every byte count (since it would allow to put more rpms on the
> installation cd). and they need perl on the cd since our installer is
> written in perl...

Out of curiosity, what core modules does the installer use?

> in fact, the -devel package only ships all *.h files, and the following
> scripts: cpan dprofpp enc2xs h2xs json_pp libnetcfg piconv pl2pm
> pod2usage podchecker podselect prove psed pstruct shasum xsubpp

Does it ship the libperl.a file?

Does it ship the underlying *modules* that those scripts invoke?  If
so, I'm perplexed at the "savings" of removing just the scripts.

> so, is having a p5p stripped down perl with just perl and (almost) no
> modules be possible? then we ship this as perl-minimal, all the modules
> as perl-$MODULE the way we are doing it for cpan-only modules, and we
> create a perl metapackage requiring all the modules that p5p think
> should be part of a standard install.

I think that's feasible.  It will take some work to figure out the
dependencies, but Perl already bootstraps its own testing (with a few
tricks) so a minimal perl plus deterministic ordering should be

-- David

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