Remove BIND, Sendmail, Perl and etc from base?

Joerg Sonnenberger joerg at
Wed Jul 23 07:03:15 PDT 2003

On Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 01:53:43PM +0200, Simon 'corecode' Schubert wrote:
> oh please, people, stop talking about debian. it has always been a PITA
> to me.
> most packages pull in as many dependencies as available with the result
> that simple sylpheed will take about 50MB or such (don't nail me down on
> that, but you get the idea) whereas i don't want a spell checker or PALM
> connection at all.
> better look at gentoo's portage! it's USE flags are a very good idea.
> you always need to weight configurability vs space vs compile load.

Or OpenBSD's FLAVOR / PSEUDOFLAVOR. Actually I'd suggest taking
OpenBSD's ports system as foundation. 

> i'd go for something easy configurable as portage's USE stuff plus some
> default options selecting the packages being built. don't ask me for
> details yet but i don't think that's hard to establish.
> but, please, stop talking about debian. it might look easy to use but
> it's hard to administer.

The most useful aspect of Debian is apt-get. That's it. If we have a system
for building binary packages, the packages are splitted into RTL and devel
files, one important aspect of Goals is achieved.

As a matter of fact, OpenBSD ports can do most of portage without the
need of portage and they are normal Makefiles.


> cheers
>   simon
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