How to tailor installation set?

Steve Coile scoile at
Fri Jun 13 09:12:08 PDT 2003

On Fri, 13 Jun 2003, Bill Moran wrote:
> Depends on the component and how the previous admin handled things.  Most
> FreeBSD users use the ports/package system to add/remove programs.  The
> docs are very good:
> However, some parts of FreeBSD are part of "distribution sets" (such as
> man pages, source and ports tree)  I don't know of any automated way to
> remove these from the system.

I guess that's my point.  FreeBSD is pretty big, even without the ports.
My administration philosophy is "minimal function set": only install what
will be used.  I'd like a clean way to remove a component--for instance
development tools, or X, or printing support--from the system without
breaking any dependencies.

Steve Coile
Systems Administrator
Nando Media
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