trimming down Fedora installed size

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at
Wed Apr 9 14:54:23 UTC 2014

On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 at> wrote:
> So, I'd question the usefulness of not installing man-pages, because their
> sizes are comparatively small on today's disk-scales, e.g. on my primary
> system:
> # du -sh /usr/share/man
> 89M     /usr/share/man
> That's almost neglibile in comparision to the overall size of the
> installation.

Disk usage of many small files can be disproportionate. On some
platforms -- embedded, lightweight VMs, the savings are sometimes
important. They sure were on XO-1 not that long ago, and I'm not sure
what I'd do with docs and manages in an "on-demand" VMs.

Having said that, exclude_docs and install_langs have worked well for
OLPC and work reasonably well for lightweight VMs too.

I am not arguing for big changes here. The plans outlined seem doable,
but reworking the whole distro into doc packages to fix something that
already works /reasonably well/ seems... not cost effective.

There are some limited use cases that aren't ideal now with
install_lang and exclude_docs. For example, installing missing docs or
langs -- for all or some packages. But that seems like it could be
solved by a script that drives rpm to do just that.


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