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Re: [opensuse-packaging] RFC: Cleanup of packages - checking doc files
  • From: todd rme <toddrme2178@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:35:46 +0100
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On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Andreas Jaeger <aj@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
I just filed feature #313152 - to have a smaller base system which is
beneficial for appliances.

Looking at a basic installation (default text server install), I noticed
that we have in /usr/share/doc/packages besides the license (which we need
to keep) also other files.

An example is glib2, it installs to /usr/share/doc/packages/libglib-2_0-0:

-rw-r--r--   1 root root    1344 Aug 16 02:51 AUTHORS
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 1895792 Oct 14 15:51 ChangeLog
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   25292 Aug 16 02:51 COPYING
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  197710 Oct 14 15:30 NEWS
-rw-r--r--   1 root root    9906 Oct 14 15:51 README

I suggest to move everything to the devel package (or a doc package if it

On IRC, Vincent and Sascha suggested to keep README, NEWS (and maybe
AUTHORS) in the base package and move only ChangeLog to the devel package.
Another idea was to compress these files.

My personal opinion is that the vast majority of our users does not need
any of these. Those developers that need it, will get it from the devel/doc

What do you think? Any other ideas on getting a smaller base system?

Note: I don't want to make this a hard rule, more a recommendation.


What about increasing the badness of the "package-with-huge-docs"
rpmlint warning in order to make the build fail if this isn't done.
It can be overridden with an rpmlintrc file if absolutely necessary.

It might be worth doing the same with
"devel-file-in-non-devel-package", since headers can also eat a fair
amount of space.

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