[arch-dev-public] Cleaning up base (FS#12890)

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Fri Sep 25 02:39:36 EDT 2009

Hi all,

FS#12890 (http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/12890) suggests we clean up 
some crud from the base group. 

I started a wiki page back in July to look at doing this 
(http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/User:Allan/Base_Cleanup), which 
should not be too outdated.  The basic premise in my clean up was
1) remove "useless"/unneeded packages
2) remove packages that are in the base group only because they are 
dependencies of packages in the base group.

An example for #2:  no-one really wants to install libfetch apart from 
for use by pacman.  Thus libfetch does not need to be part of the base 

That might be slightly controversial...  but I think it makes sense.  
When I install, I look through the package lists and select the packages 
I need.  I do not directly need libfetch but I do select pacman.   Thus 
pacman is directly part of my base install but libfetch is only indirectly.

I need opinions here.  Does this make sense to people?  Have my 
selections been too strict or not strict enough?


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