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    Question [Special Case] What packages can I remove to achieve the minimum working installation

    Hello everyone,

    Please note that this is a very special case - See this. I do know for sure that I have an outdated version installed. This is not for day-to-day activities, this is for learning purposes.

    Machine:

    Code:
    lubuntu
        description: Notebook
        version: HP OmniBook 4150 B
        width: 32 bits
        capabilities: smbios-2.2 dmi-2.1
        configuration: chassis=notebook
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           product: N/A
           vendor: Hewlett-Packard
           physical id: 0
           version: OmniBook TS32T5
           serial: 000000000000
         *-firmware
              description: BIOS
              vendor: Phoenix Technologies LTD
              physical id: 0
              version: CK.M3.020
              date: 11/04/99
              size: 61KiB
              capacity: 448KiB
              capabilities: isa pci pcmcia pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot edd int13floppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy720 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer biosbootspecification netboot
         *-cpu
              description: CPU
              product: Mobile Pentium II
              vendor: Intel Corp.
              physical id: 4
              bus info: cpu@0
              version: 6.6.10
              slot: JP18/JP19
              size: 366MHz
              capacity: 433MHz
              width: 32 bits
              capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 mmx fxsr up
            *-cache:0
                 description: L1 cache
                 physical id: 8
                 slot: L1 Cache
                 size: 32KiB
                 capacity: 32KiB
                 capabilities: asynchronous internal write-back
            *-cache:1
                 description: L2 cache
                 physical id: 9
                 slot: L2 Cache
                 size: 256KiB
                 capacity: 512KiB
                 capabilities: asynchronous external write-back
         *-memory
              description: System Memory
              physical id: 15
              slot: System board or motherboard
              size: 64MiB
              capacity: 1GiB
            *-bank:0
                 description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous [empty]
                 physical id: 0
                 slot: Internal
            *-bank:1
                 description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous
                 physical id: 1
                 slot: JDIMM1
                 size: 64MiB
                 width: 32 bits
            *-bank:2
                 description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous [empty]
                 physical id: 2
                 slot: JDIMM2
         *-pci
              description: Host bridge
              product: 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge
              vendor: Intel Corporation
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 03
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              configuration: driver=agpgart-intel latency=64
              resources: irq:0 memory:e0000000-e3ffffff
            *-pci
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 03
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master
                 resources: ioport:e000(size=4096) memory:fd000000-fedfffff memory:14000000-140fffff
               *-display UNCLAIMED
                    description: VGA compatible controller
                    product: Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x
                    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                    version: 64
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: agp agp-1.0 pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: latency=66 mingnt=8
                    resources: memory:fd000000-fdffffff ioport:e800(size=256) memory:fedfe000-fedfefff memory:14000000-1401ffff
            *-pcmcia:0
                 description: CardBus bridge
                 product: PCI1225
                 vendor: Texas Instruments
                 physical id: 4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:04.0
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pcmcia bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=yenta_cardbus latency=176 maxlatency=5 mingnt=192
                 resources: irq:10 memory:14100000-14100fff ioport:1000(size=256) ioport:1400(size=256) memory:4000000-7ffffff memory:8000000-bffffff
            *-pcmcia:1
                 description: CardBus bridge
                 product: PCI1225
                 vendor: Texas Instruments
                 physical id: 4.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:04.1
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pcmcia bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=yenta_cardbus latency=176 maxlatency=5
                 resources: irq:10 memory:14101000-14101fff ioport:1800(size=256) ioport:1c00(size=256) memory:c000000-fffffff memory:10000000-13ffffff
            *-bridge:0 UNCLAIMED
                 description: Bridge
                 product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:07.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bridge bus_master
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-ide
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 7.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:07.1
                 logical name: scsi0
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ide bus_master emulated
                 configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=64
                 resources: irq:0 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:fcf0(size=16)
               *-disk
                    description: ATA Disk
                    product: IBM-DBCA-204860
                    vendor: IBM
                    physical id: 0.0.0
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/sda
                    version: BC3O
                    serial: HQ0RQQ43496
                    size: 4645MiB (4871MB)
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=0001dd05
                  *-volume:0
                       description: EXT4 volume
                       vendor: Linux
                       physical id: 1
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                       logical name: /dev/sda1
                       logical name: /
                       version: 1.0
                       serial: 7490d338-4449-4137-aaf1-f72f8bc91f1a
                       size: 4100MiB
                       capacity: 4100MiB
                       capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                       configuration: created=2012-04-10 01:32:50 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-04-10 04:33:51 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,acl,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=1988-01-01 00:01:46 state=mounted
                  *-volume:1
                       description: Linux swap volume
                       physical id: 2
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                       logical name: /dev/sda2
                       version: 1
                       serial: 6940bcb9-175a-4fbe-863d-9a782d1a864d
                       size: 544MiB
                       capacity: 544MiB
                       capabilities: primary nofs swap initialized
                       configuration: filesystem=swap pagesize=4096
            *-usb
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 7.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:07.2
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:10 ioport:fcc0(size=32)
            *-bridge:1
                 description: Bridge
                 product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 7.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:07.3
                 version: 03
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bridge
                 configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
                 resources: irq:9
            *-multimedia
                 description: Multimedia audio controller
                 product: ES1978 Maestro 2E
                 vendor: ESS Technology
                 physical id: 8
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:08.0
                 version: 10
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ES1968 (ESS Maestro) latency=64 maxlatency=24 mingnt=2
                 resources: irq:10 ioport:f800(size=256)
         *-network
              description: Wireless interface
              product: RT2500 802.11g
              vendor: Ralink corp.
              physical id: 1
              bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0
              logical name: wlan1
              version: 01
              serial: 00:0e:2e:62:61:68
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
              configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rt2500pci driverversion=3.0.0-17-generic firmware=N/A ip=10.0.0.30 latency=64 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
              resources: irq:10 memory:10000000-10001fff
         *-scsi
              physical id: 2
              bus info: usb@1:1
              logical name: scsi2
              capabilities: emulated scsi-host
              configuration: driver=usb-storage
            *-disk
                 description: SCSI Disk
                 physical id: 0.0.0
                 bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/sdb
                 size: 245MiB (257MB)
                 capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                 configuration: signature=0008aab2
               *-volume
                    description: Windows FAT volume
                    vendor: MSDOS5.0
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,1
                    logical name: /dev/sdb1
                    logical name: /media/DCDB-548C
                    version: FAT16
                    serial: dcdb-548c
                    size: 243MiB
                    capacity: 243MiB
                    capabilities: primary bootable fat initialized
                    configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat mount.fstype=vfat mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0022,dmask=0077,codepage=cp437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,showexec,utf8,flush,errors=remount-ro state=mounted
      *-battery
           description: Unknown Battery
           physical id: 1
           slot: Front, near CPU Module

    Installed System:


    Code:
    Distributor ID:    Ubuntu
    Description:    Ubuntu 11.10
    Release:    11.10
    Codename:    oneiric

    CPU Info:

    Code:
    processor    : 0
    vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
    cpu family    : 6
    model        : 6
    model name    : Mobile Pentium II
    stepping    : 10
    cpu MHz        : 364.998
    cache size    : 256 KB
    fdiv_bug    : no
    hlt_bug        : no
    f00f_bug    : no
    coma_bug    : no
    fpu        : yes
    fpu_exception    : yes
    cpuid level    : 2
    wp        : yes
    flags        : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 mmx fxsr up
    bogomips    : 729.99
    clflush size    : 32
    cache_alignment    : 32
    address sizes    : 36 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
    power management:

    lspci
    :

    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
    00:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1225 (rev 01)
    00:04.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1225 (rev 01)
    00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
    00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
    00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
    00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
    00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1978 Maestro 2E (rev 10)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x (rev 64)
    06:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT2500 802.11g (rev 01)

    List of the installed packages:
    Code:
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    adduser                        install
    apparmor                    install
    apt                        install
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    What I want to achieve is: Remove as much packages as possible AND possibly replace an installed package with a lighter package (including the DE and WM) and keep that machine running.

    Important Note: The Physical State of that machine will not allow me to take the HDD out yet again after I have done that 2 years ago and install whatever other minimal system is and put it back in. There is a great chance I might break something so I don't want that. I want to learn how to achieve the most minimum installation and still have that machine working so this is After-Installation Tweak.

    Thank you and I am looking forward to read your suggestions!

    P.S.
    In case you are wondering, YES, that machine is actually working (despite it is from 1999) but of course, it is very slow.

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    Re: [Special Case] What packages can I remove to achieve the minimum working installa

    The best way to get to a barebones installation is to do a network/mini.iso intallation, as long as the machine has net connectivity at install time (preferably, wired ethernet).

    You boot a very small ISO image that contains just enough software to boot and connect to a server. The remainder of the install components and any packages you select are downloaded and then installed.

    During the install. you are asked to select from a lengthy list of desktop environment options. If you select none of these options, you will achieve a command line-only envirionment: No X, no DE, no window manager. Just Bash and the standard character-based tool set. You'll boot to a prompt and can build a system as you see fit by drawing from the repos.

    An exact list of what to remove from an existing installation would, first, be very lengthy, and, second, very difficult to compile given the drivers a machine needs and the dependency chains they establish. Also, removing any large number of packages that you don't want is sure to remove some dependencies that you need, and you'll need to identify those and re-install them. Gets very messy.
    Last edited by buzzingrobot; September 20th, 2013 at 02:49 PM.

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    Re: [Special Case] What packages can I remove to achieve the minimum working installa

    @ buzzingrobot: OP specifically states that they want to trim the release they have installed, NOT reinstall a mini.iso or anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    @ buzzingrobot: OP specifically states that they want to trim the release they have installed, NOT reinstall a mini.iso or anything else.
    +1

    That is exactly why I have tagged this thread with [Special Case] and I have mentioned a note at the header of my first post

    Thanks!

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    A still working PII, amazing

    One thing that strikes me is all the extra generic drivers (xserver-xorg-video). I think you will not see much space gain by removing them, but could speed up your boot time.

    Myself, to make things a little easier, I would install synaptic package manager. Just would make it easier to see whats getting removed.

    After you get as much removed as you can, you could use the autoremove command for further cleanup. But for a deeper cleaning I think I would install deborphan and take a very close look at the removal list before using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    @ buzzingrobot: OP specifically states that they want to trim the release they have installed, NOT reinstall a mini.iso or anything else.
    OK, apologies. Then I have nothing to offer other than trial and error, or locating a list of packages in such a minimal installation, comparing it to a list of the currently installed packages, and generating a list of packages for removal.

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    Re: [Special Case] What packages can I remove to achieve the minimum working installa

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    A still working PII, amazing
    Hi,

    You know, old hardware are much better and stronger than new one. My newer laptops are giving me hard time!

    One thing that strikes me is all the extra generic drivers (xserver-xorg-video). I think you will not see much space gain by removing them, but could speed up your boot time.
    Space is not a problem for me, nor the booting time
    All what I care about is the memory usage. I am not sure if I would remove some of those, it will make any difference?

    Myself, to make things a little easier, I would install synaptic package manager. Just would make it easier to see whats getting removed.
    Synaptic will kill that machine
    For that machine, I need to use Terminal only

    But for a deeper cleaning I think I would install deborphan and take a very close look at the removal list before using.
    I am sorry, I did not understand this one?

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    Space is not a problem for me, nor the booting time
    All what I care about is the memory usage. I am not sure if I would remove some of those, it will make any difference?
    I wouldn't think so since I suspect they are dormant and would not use any memory. At least thats my guess.

    But for a deeper cleaning I think I would install deborphan and take a very close look at the removal list before using. I am sorry, I did not understand this one?
    Deborphan, like autoremove will look for unused (leftover) packages. Deborphan can be over zealous and try to remove too many packages so a close look of the packages to be removed is necessary. But if you cannot run synaptic I suspect you will not be able to use this.

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    Re: [Special Case] What packages can I remove to achieve the minimum working installa

    Quote Originally Posted by amjjawad View Post
    For that machine, I need to use Terminal only
    I would have assumed with the hardware we're talking about that you wouldn't be bothering with X, and this comment seems to confirm that assumption. But your original post referred to "WM" which I took to mean the window manager. Is the graphical interface a requirement?

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    Re: [Special Case] What packages can I remove to achieve the minimum working installa

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    I wouldn't think so since I suspect they are dormant and would not use any memory. At least thats my guess.
    I share the same guess with you!

    Deborphan, like autoremove will look for unused (leftover) packages. Deborphan can be over zealous and try to remove too many packages so a close look of the packages to be removed is necessary. But if you cannot run synaptic I suspect you will not be able to use this.
    I am planning to do this manually. With my special case with this machine and more than a month (see my first post) to make that machine works, I must be careful and go for manual removal for better control. That is why, I posted the list of the installed packages

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