[arch-releng] our core-dual images are too big

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Fri May 6 03:45:13 EDT 2011

On 06/05/11 17:31, Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
> On Thu, 05 May 2011 21:38:14 -0300
> Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi<vmlinuz386 at yahoo.com.ar>  wrote:
>> On 05/05/2011 09:25 PM, Allan McRae wrote:
>>> On 06/05/11 01:50, Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
>>>> the size of core-dual iso has been over 700MB for a while.
>>>> the last one is 738MB.
>>>> See http://releng.archlinux.org/isos/2011.04.30/
>>>> what would be the best way to fix this? different archiso2dual
>>>> parameters? different compression somewhere? revised packagelist?
>>>> moving some packages out of core? [is anyone aware of noticeable
>>>> size increases of the core repo or core packages?]
>>> You can get rid of gcc-{fortran,objc,ada,go} which are only in
>>> [core] due to limitations of our repo scripts.
>>> Allan
>> $ pacman -Si gcc-ada gcc-fortran gcc-go gcc-objc | awk
>> '/^Do/{p=p+$4}; END{print p,p*2}'
>> 27745.7 55491.4
>> We can skip these packages in download-repo.sh.
> I agree we shouldn't restrict ourselves any longer to cd-r size
> limitations, OTOH if we can keep our images<700MB with relative ease
> and that way support cd-r's, then i prefer that.  also: optimizing size
> is always useful. (less storage/bandwith intensive)
> adding exceptions in download-repo.sh to work around limitations in our
> repo scripts is not the way to go imho.  let's get those packages out
> of core the proper way, and let's see if/how we can cut another 10MB.

That limitation in the devtools/db-scripts has been around ever since 
split packages became available in pacman/makepkg.   I would not bank on 
it getting fixed in the short term  (or even in the long term...)


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