FreeBSD 12.1 i386 CD #1 image size not compatible with intended medium standard size

Daniel Feenberg feenberg at
Tue Jun 16 12:20:52 UTC 2020

On Tue, 16 Jun 2020, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:27:28 +0200
> Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:

>> When will FreeBSD supply a CD image file that can actually be
>> used with normal CD media again without requiring a workaround
>> and possibly breaking the result?
> 	Shortly after someone figures out how to and submits an acceptable
> patch - you may be the first to have been inconvenienced by this, it's been
> a long time since I used a CD.

That is rather disengenuous. Is there any chance a patch that removed some 
packageswould be accepted?

Hasn't the decision already been made that there is no problem? I am 
unclear on FreeBSD governance, but I don't see any mention of this as a 
problem on which does suggest that a 
patch is not desired. Clearly the issue was known when the ISO was 
prepared. There must have been arguments for why it was better to go over 
the portable limit on ISO size than to drop some packages. Without knowing 
what those arguments were, it would be a waste of his time for Polytopon 
to pick his least favorite packages to delete. Is there a relevant mailing 
list where this was discussed?

Daniel Feenberg

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