Out of the frying pan...
Andrew L. Gould
algould at datawok.com
Thu Jan 13 15:01:10 PST 2005
On Thursday 13 January 2005 04:18 pm, John wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 04:08:53PM -0600, Andrew L. Gould wrote:
> > On Thursday 13 January 2005 03:24 pm, John wrote:
> > > I just keep painting myself into corners, and I'm hoping that
> > > people can point out some (presumably dumb) things that I am
> > > doing, and recommend a course of action that will get me back to
> > > where I want to be.
> [ deleted for brevity ]
> > > I see my options as this:
> > > 1) Try to figure out the dependency trees for kde, install
> > > kde-lite instead, and rip out the packages I don't need
> > > (theoretically possible - but feasible?)
> > > 2) Back up /home, reinstall a minimum 5.2.1 system, do the
> > > installworld and installkernel again, and then do the install of
> > > the kde (or kde-lite) then restore /home (but how much larger do
> > > I need to make / and /usr?)
> > > 3) Buy or build a 5.3 installation set, and redo the
> > > installation, using only the distributions I need, and hope it
> > > fits.
> > >
> > > Other suggestions? Anything obvious I'm missing? You folks have
> > > been extrememly helpful so far, so I'm hoping there's a good
> > > solution I'm just missing!
> > 1. Upgrade the hard drive.
> Yeah - thinking about that - but should I really need SEVERAL Gb to
> support the environment I want? Maybe...
I don't think you'll ever regret getting more space. Even if the
platform doesn't need the space, you never know what immediate needs
might pop up.
The first wedding/family reunion we attended with a digital camera
produced almost 400MB of our own 5 Megapixal images. That doesn't
include copies of the relative's images. Being over a thousand miles
from home is no time to upgrade a laptop. (A slide show of the photos
was running during the last extended family dinner.)
> > 2. If you're going to install Windows, install it before you
> > install FreeBSD.
> Yup - learned THAT the hard way! We do need to update the handbook
> and other documentation in this regard - the current docs give the
> impression that the only problem is that the boot manager gets
> lost. I was, therefore, entirely ready for that, and had everything
> at hand to put it back - only to discover after putting the boot
> manager back that the problem was far, far worse than that. Of
> course, that may be due to the ancient Windows I was installing.
> > 3. Definitely go with a clean installation of FreeBSD 5.3 rather
> > than 5.2.1.
> Sigh. OK. I'll have to see if I can build that from what I have
> already... Pointers to a way to build a distribution set for
> 5.3-STABLE from what I have built?
I suggest downloading and installing the 5.3 Release CD #1; and cvsup it
from there. It would give you a clean start. There were a lot of
changes from 5.2.1 to 5.3.
A larger hard drive would uncomplicate this issue.
> > 4. Building OpenOffice requires massive resources. Use the binary
> > packages.
> Oh, definitely! That is what I intend to do.
> Since I am using OpenOffice, should I use kde-lite instead of the
> full kde installation?
> > 5. When you install from ports, make sure you "make install clean"
> > to remove working files when they're no longer needed.
> OK, but that system, where I have the sources and all, is not hurting
> for space.
That may be true for /usr/src; but are you also using that system
for /usr/ports? How is /tmp being handled?
> > 6. Use portupgrade (in the ports) to upgrade applications; but
> > exclude OpenOffice. Not only can portupgrade take care of
> > dependencies, but it has options to look for binary packages online
> > before opting to compile from source.
> Ah hah! This is a trick I didn't know. I'll learn that.
> > Best of luck,
> > Andrew Gould
> Thank you, Andrew. I'd still like to know why the disk footprint
> for what I want seems to have grown to dramatically. My hunch is
> that when I did the "installworld" I got a bunch of "distributions"
> (to use the install terminology) that I didn't intend, but that's
> just speculation on my part.
It's hard to help with this issue. Try using 'du' (man du) to find
directories that are using unexpected amounts of space.
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