What functionality is provided by minimal install

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at ceid.upatras.gr
Wed Feb 1 04:35:22 PST 2006

On 2006-01-31 14:56, Eric Schultz <eric at schultznet.ca> wrote:
>Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>>On 2006-01-30 13:42, Eric Schultz <eric at schultznet.ca> wrote:
>>> sysintall help that a Minimal install is "just the base
>>> system."  But what _functionality_ is provided by a *base
>>> system*???
>> A short `overview' of a sort can be seen with:
>>         # man 5 rc.conf
>> For every daemon, service, or option that you see in that
>> manpage, there is also a feature of the base system.
> Good afternoon...
> That's a very interesting idea.  I guess that would cover (excuse my
> un-certainty with the terminology here) the /kernel/ but not the
> /userland/.  For the /userland/ i assume I would still have to man
> every executable - and then some - that I find?

No, many parts of the userland are configured by `rc.conf' options too.

Of course, an exchaustive list of all the binaries in */bin paths is,
uhm, a huge task.  But you can also get an idea by:

        $ apropos . | more

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