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Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:03:45 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Customizing Owl to fit in a small sized USB Stick or CF

Hi Zenny,

On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 08:43:41PM +0000, Zenny wrote:
> I would like to know if there are scripts to cutomize/minimize the Owl
> to fit into a small sized USB stick or CF (something like voyage
> linux) without any overheads of the extra libraries?

I am not aware of existing scripts to do that, yet it is fairly easily
done by editing installorder.conf or/and by removing some packages after
install.  A good start is setting the SKIP_EXTRA=yes environment
variable for your "make installworld" run.  This will skip packages
prefixed with "E:" in installorder.conf (there are currently only a few
of those, though).  Then you may "rpm -e" all packages with "-devel" in
their names, or you may have removed them from installorder.conf.  All
"-doc" packages are marked "E:", so if you did the SKIP_EXTRA=yes thing,
then you don't need to remove them manually, but if you did not, you may.
Now, without "-devel" a few other packages no longer make sense - most
notably, you may want to remove gcc and likely its prerequisites (see the
installorder.conf line with gcc on it), kernel-headers, and maybe also
things like bison, flex, make.  Maybe we should add support for a
SKIP_DEVEL setting to make this easier, although the development vs. not
split is not exact (it varies by person and intended use for the system -
e.g., is m4 a development tool only or also a sysadmin tool?)  Oh, and
we're already using both "D:" and "d:" (for different other things), so
I'm not sure what the new single-letter prefix corresponding to
SKIP_DEVEL should be (maybe "V"). ;-)

> Besides, is there a brief description of rebuilding kernel? The one
> that is found in the wiki seems to have been not updated for a long
> time. Thanks!

Yet the description on the wiki is up to date, except only for the
ever-changing version numbers.


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