On Saturday 26 June 2004 06:51, Joe Schmoe wrote:
> Hi,
> I just loaded XFree86-4 from the ports tree on my
> laptop, running 5.2.1-RELEASE.
> It took about 2.5 gigs of space to compile and add it
> all.
> Let's say I have a small hard drive in an old laptop,
> and let's also assume that I am just loading X to just
> have a simple GUI to run opera and terminal windows
> on, and don't need a big fancy X server or whatever
> ...
> What are some options I can add to the standard `make
> install` command for that port to significantly reduce
> the size of X ?

After it is installed you can remove all the .../work directories 
in the ports tree. Or just start by installing from packages.

X itself is not all that big -- but beware the fancy(=bloated) 
window-managers/desktops such as kde and gnome. If you want 
something better than twm while remaing compact then blackbox and 
fluxbox are often mentioned -- I use lesser known ctwm.


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