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From: Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@×××.net>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Re: About using USE flags to pull in needed RDEPENDs being discouraged by devmanual
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 22:09:05
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] About using USE flags to pull in needed RDEPENDs being discouraged by devmanual by Pacho Ramos
Pacho Ramos posted on Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:52:33 +0200 as excerpted:

> What kind of argument is "disk is pretty cheap". I still administrate a > laptop with a 250GB of disk space, and that space cannot be as large if > you have a lot of files at home. Also, you are missing that having > unneeded packages in world file will also cause them to be updated on > every system updated, with the time it takes for compile.
Heh, and then there's netbooks. I got one of the first with a real sata- based connector and a 120 gig hard drive. Sure, I could replace it now, and may well do so some day, but the 120 gig works fine for what I need ATM. But of course many of the first netbooks had 2, 4, 8, 16 gig SSDs. That's REALLY tight, even if you're doing the actual builds in a build- image on a different system and just rsyncing, so no portage tree, etc. Meanwhile, very good point on the continual updates. It's just that cost that encourages gentoo users, over time, to trim down to the package set they actually use. In this context, that certainly means users would unmerge ppp if they knew about it when they no longer needed it, but knowing about it is the problem. (Of course here I've solved that using sets as discussed in a different reply, but they're not yet available to the stable gentooer, and the way it looks, may remain that way for years...) -- Duncan - List replies preferred. No HTML msgs. "Every nonfree program has a lord, a master -- and if you use the program, he is your master." Richard Stallman