Section: Virtualization Support (8)Updated: 2010-05-14Local indexUp
febootstrap-minimize - Minimize an febootstrap image
febootstrap-minimize [--options] DIR
febootstrap-minimize minimizes an febootstrap(8)-created
filesystem. This means that unneeded files and cruft are removed from
If no options are given, the default is to minimize the image as much
as possible. This means, for example, that locales are removed so the
image will only be usable in US-English, there will be no
documentation or manual pages, and the image will only work in a UTC
Note that image minimization involves deleting files that have been
installed by RPM. Thus after minimization, it is no longer guaranteed
that RPM will function correctly on the image. You should only do
this as a final step for ``throwaway'' appliances that do not need to be
modified or upgraded in future.
Perform all minimization operations, to produce the smallest possible
image. Note in particular that locales are discarded.
You can perform all minimization operations except X, Y and Z by
Keep or drop documentation, man pages and info files.
Keep or drop cracklib libraries.
Keep or drop "/usr/share/i18n".
Keep or drop all timezones (except UTC which is never deleted).
Keep or drop the RPM and YUM package databases. Obviously RPM and YUM will be
completely non-functional if you drop these.
Keep or drop the yum cache. Note that febootstrap(8) has already
deleted this directory unless you ran it with the "--no-clean"
Keep or drop the "/etc/services" file. If dropped, this file is
replaced with a very minimal one which just lists the most common
services. For less common services you will have to refer to them by
port number instead of name.
Keep or drop "/sbin/sln" (statically linked "ln"). This is not
really required in minimal appliances.
Keep or drop "/sbin/ldconfig", "/etc/ld.so.cache" and
"/var/cache/ldconfig" (the dynamic linking cache). This is not
needed. Dynamic linking during program execution will be marginally
This option has been removed in febootstrap 2.5. In previous versions
it was used to pack executables using the external "upx" program.
However it was not enabled by default and never worked very
Deduplicate files with the same content (by hardlinking them).
See the program hardlink(1).
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