Subject: Re: i386 floppy no longer fits
To: None <>
From: Robert V. Baron <>
List: tech-install
Date: 01/09/1999 13:59:54
"Perry E. Metzger" <> writes:

> John Nemeth <> writes:
> >      Yes, this is a problem.  Although, there aren't that many new
> > drivers.  I just looked at all the INSTALL* config files to see if
> > anything could be trimmed.  I would say trim COMPAT_1[0123], and have
> > only 1 ppp, 1 sl, and 8 pty's.  I don't know how much of a difference
> > all this will make, but every little bit helps.
> It makes virtually no difference, and eliminating the COMPAT_ stuff
> makes it impossible to run software that might already be on your drive.
I would expect that a new kernel and new apps would not need to have any
of the COMPAT stuff on.  Also, when I've shrunk the install for my own
use, I've removed extfs, msdos and fp emulation.  I'm realize that
there will be folk installin that need them and they will have to go
to a multifloppy install.  On the otherhand, if you want to have 
additionally a single floppy install for a while, you might see
how much space they take up.

> Believe me, I've tried a *lot* of things. Few of them work.
> > } ethernet card or disk controller isn't supported. They get upset when
> > 
> >      It might be possible to get rid of some of the really esoteric,
> > or prehistoric ones (i.e. 3c501).
> You do that and people bitch viciously because they no longer have
> install media for their machine, and they are probably right to do
> so. You can't fix the problem this way. It doesn't work out.
> Perry