[arch-haskell] Grumblings about install size
dons at galois.com
Mon Apr 5 14:37:13 EDT 2010
> * On Monday, April 05 2010, Don Stewart wrote:
> >Hey all,
> >There are some grumblings about the "650M install" size for ghc 6.12
> >Arch package. A lot of this can't be helped, and disk is cheap, but it
> >might be worth a check to see how we're packaging GHC.
> >On Fedora, for example, they ship the prof libs in a separate package,
> >so their install size is 270M (around half).
> >Maybe we should do that?
> >As a comparison, the compressed package sizes on various distros:
> > GHC package on Arch: 109M
> > Mac installer: 138M
> > Windows installer: 55M
> Where did you get this size from?
Oh, du -hs on the pkg file. Interesting that it is only 55M !!
> Here I have:
> $ pacman -Si ghc
> Repository : extra
> Name : ghc
> Version : 6.12.1-4
> Download Size : 55512.89 K
> Installed Size : 681026.00 K
> Packager : Ionut Biru <ibiru at archlinux.org>
> Architecture : x86_64
> And that seems to include profiling libraries.
> My concern for splitting out the profiling libraries is that it will
> increase the total download size for people who need to profile.
So my theory is the majority of users don't want to profile, they want
to run darcs or xmonad ...
> Perhaps it might be easier to put a script on the arch wiki for deleting
> profiling libs (and updaing ghc's registry) after the package has been
Maybe, and maybe this isn't really a valid concern anymore, but more a
cultural thing in Arch.
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