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FS#64029 - [base] Remove pciutils

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by S├ębastien Luttringer (seblu) - Sunday, 06 October 2019, 10:18 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Core
Status Assigned
Assigned To No-one
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 3
Private No


pcitutils is PCI hardware related tool, which is not relevant in container environments.
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Comment by Bruno Pagani (ArchangeGabriel) - Sunday, 06 October 2019, 10:30 GMT
Also, it does not serve a lot of usages.
Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Sunday, 06 October 2019, 13:56 GMT
Right, the limited use it does see is just pretty important. ;)

During the initial brainstorming for a base package, I seem to recall it was decided to leave it in because for non-container environments it's too useful to be able to run lspci in order to get hardware information, and in the situations where you'd need to run it, you probably don't have internet and therefore cannot install it. Also, it's tiny.

I wish this had seen more discussion months ago. ;)
Comment by Jouke Witteveen (jouke) - Friday, 25 October 2019, 19:26 GMT
There are several of these reports. They ask for the removal from base of packages like gettext, iputils, some compressors, and pciutils. What is the central place where inclusion criteria are listed and (possibly) discussed? I find the "it is tiny but very useful" argument that is put forth a few times very unsatisfying. Useful to whom? Tiny relative to what? Should all tiny and useful packages be required by base? I don't see vi listed as a requirement (neither do I have a strong opinion on its inclusion).
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