my method for doing minimalistic installs with cons listed at the
1) install the bare minimum.
2) nuke /usr/doc. in fact on really compressed installs i remove
stuff in /usr/doc during the install (really fun on a 486...).
some stuff has huge files in /usr/doc.
3) redhat's idea of a minimum install actually has some extra fat.
trim it - linuxconf, etc.
4) most binaries come stripped, but it doesn't hurt to check.
5) install enough to build a kernel + sources (or do it on another
machine) and build the bare minimum you need.
6) use tune2fs -r to reduce the # of reserved blocks (there's a
performance hit once you pass a certain point, so be careful).
7) also, you might look into mounting with the noatime option
for a meager performance gain.
8) install up to what you want.
9) if all else fails look to remove extra locale files, unused
binaries (be really sure on this), make sure man pages are
gzipped (or nuke them altogether).
10) if you add and delete a lot of packages: rpm --rebuilddb
11) as a last resort look at utilities that compress/decompress
binaries on the fly.
the biggest problem with this: upgrades suck.
kevin at suberic.net "we were goin' for breakfast. in canada. we
fork()'ed on 37058400 made a deal: if she'd stop hookin', i'd stop
meatspace place: home shootin' people. maybe we were aiming high."
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