> Debian packages' post-install scripts tend to make the mildly
> questionable assumption that, if you told it to install a network
> daemon, you will also want it autostarted. I'd rather the post-inst
> scripts didn't do this, but it immediately suggests one obvious remedy:
> If you don't want to auto-run it, don't install it.
Of course the difficulty I have with this, is that sometimes I might like to install things that I may (or may not) use later, which is ok for some 'useful' cli utils, but for me is a real waste of space for gui stuff which ends up taking up lots and lots of space on my harddisk... sort of like Gnome and KDE.
> Probably, you picked some large collection of metapackages ("tasks")
> inside the tasksel utility (the "simple" option for package selection).
I don't really remember the install process, except that working through all of the dependancies from the 3 disks I was attempting to install was a real nightmare, even OpenBSD 3.0 didn't seem quite as bad for this dependancy issue, but I might just be trolling.
> Which one can avoid doing -- or notice that things you don't really want
> are running, and switch them off. (The Debian-specific way of doing
> the latter is "update-rc.d", somewhat similar to the SGI chkconfig
> utility that Red Hat borrowed.)
Ugg like what was it called bo-client... something like that which I installed in a fit of 'Ill have an uber secure system', yes I might actually have another look at my debian install... mostly I just use Gentoo, Slackware or FreeBSD depending... I got a little tired of Debian which had no obvious way of telling it to get an ip via dhcp... (from my 386 slack server..) I don't remember how I accomplished this task actually, but I did like the lexicon of packages Debian came with... which I thought was quite tidy really and was almost as good a FreeBSD 4.2, and 'better than' 4.4, I sort of missed some of the dropped packages from 4.2-4.4 I guess.
> Gentoo seems to keep having big quality-control problems. A friend
> noticed a huge security hole in the re-use of files under /tmp, for
> example. (I'd have to get the details from him again, if you want
>Bah, 'quality-control problems', hmm yes I like Slackware too.
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