brainstorming for UDS-N - Package Selection and Defaults

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Tue Oct 26 22:34:00 BST 2010

On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 04:09:10PM -0400, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 03:15:48PM -0400, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 11:27:57AM -0400, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > > "support" does not imply "include on the CD image".  The point would be to
> > > make sure that it is available and usable by the people who rely on it.

> > The problem here is that our python handling has been entirely designed
> > around the idea that each python extension should be packaged as a single
> > python-foo binary package containing support for all supported python
> > versions.  So "support" does imply that the binaries for any extensions we
> > wish to include in that support, and which are also needed on the CD,
> > *will* be included on the CD image, at a fairly significant disk space cost.

> Ah, I understand.  So we wouldn't need to ship all of the interpreters on
> the CD, but we would end up with some extra payload anyway from the
> extension modules.

Yes.  A quick analysis of the list of arch-dependent python extensions
present on the maverick i386 alternate CD totals to around 10MB; so each
python version added to the supported set would take up a little less than
that on the alternate CD and an indeterminate amount in the same ballpark on
live CDs.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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