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

Roman Kyrylych roman.kyrylych at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 03:14:43 EDT 2009

On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 09:39, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> 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 not be too outdated.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 group.
> 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?

It does make sense.
I'd go even further and remove cryptsetup, dhcpcd, jfsutils, lvm2, mdadm,
pcmciautils, ppp, reiserfsprogs, rp-pppoe, xfsprogs, wpa_supplicant
from base group, but leave them in core, so users or installer
(for cryptsetup/lvm2/mdadm/*progs can be done automatically) can select them.

In addition: remove tzdata from base, it is pulled by glibc anyway.

Also removing hdparm/sdparm from core depends on how we solve
the issue with Load_Cycle_Count - script in core or page on wiki (or
install guide).

Roman Kyrylych (Роман Кирилич)

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