trimming down Fedora installed size

Billy Crook billycrook at
Wed Apr 9 20:05:38 UTC 2014

I would like to see logic like this:
manpage files don't get installed unless/until:
1) packagename-manpages is requested to be installed by the user.  that
package would require the 'man' package.
2) package is installed AND man is installed.

Don't wan't the manpages taking up disk space?  remove the 'man' package
and all manpages disappear.
Don't use en_US and don't want to waste space on that either, remove the
'localization-en_US' package and its corresponding localizations of all
installed packages will dispapear too.

Localization could work the same way.  Once a package' localization cruft
is large enough to merit the work, the packager would split it out into
${packagename}-en_US packages for each localization.  Distro would maintain
an essentially empty package called localization-en_US, etc for each
localization.  Then when you install a localized package, you get
${packagename}-en_US localization-en_us installed, and if you have more
than one localization package installed, you get the corresponding
localized subpackages of ${package}.

On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:33 AM, Marius A <marius1439 at> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I've been struggling keeping a fedora 20 install on a "small" SSD, with
> 6gb / partition (/home is separate).
> Besides removing packages, I also found this useful:
> 1. remove /usr/share/docs
> 2. remove /usr/share/locale/* (all except en and en_US)
> 3. cleanup /var/log/journal, which seems it's not automatically rotated
> While this saves space, it also results in package upgrade warnings due to
> missing files.
> Are there any other disk space saving tips?
> What do you think about excluding docs by default in Fedora packages?
> And for docs either go online, or have a command to install/sync docs for
> all installed packages? (similar to ruby or npm packages install, not using
> rpm packages)
> I think less than 0.1% of users ever look into /usr/share/doc, but I don't
> have any data to back this up.
> As more folks switch to SSDs, it would benefit both for disk space saving
> and wearing to have less space occupied by default.
> Thanks
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