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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:41 pm    Post subject: Min. CD Download Quantity Reply with quote

Hello :D


Would you be able to tell me roughly how much the Gentoo Minimal CD downloads during installation ?? ( I have a data limit ).


Thank you,


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k0OA1,

Welcome to Gentoo.

What is downloaded depends on what you want to install. A desktop system, like GNOME or KDE will fit into 20G.
That's the intsalled system, including all the downloads, so 20G is a top limit. A headless server will be much less.

If you can download eleswhere, you can use Sneakernet
You only need to provide the files that portage needs to do the install, they need not be downloaded by the machine doing the install.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Neddy,

It would be a Desktop install with an X server and dwm .

The Stage 3 for my install is 182897 KB. Then I download the source code (?)
Maybe it's a 2-6GB download for a 20GB system because of compression and compilation. Is that a reasonable estimate ?

This Sneakernet thing looks like a viable option.




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k0OA1,

Sneakernet works. Its slow in terms of elapsed time as you have to get the file list, go somewhere and download them, then travel back to the install and put them where portage can find them.

The stage3 is a collection of binary files that your Gentoo must have. Its not enough to boot, you will need to add at least a kernel and a boot loader. That requires a portage snapshot, which is not included in the stage3
That will give you a system that can boot an install more software.

There are only a small number of packages over 100Mb.

104219900 May 3 2013 libreoffice-4.0.3.3.tar.xz
190250900 Apr 2 20:40 chromium-34.0.1847.116.tar.xz
143171952 Jun 13 20:55 firefox-30.0.source.tar.bz2
and a few others.
The kernel is 79676484 Jun 8 19:24 linux-3.15.tar.xz but the firmware to go with it, if you need it is 23299316 Jun 5 12:48 linux-firmware-20140603.tar.xz

emerge will tell you what it wants to do and how much it wants to download for each package if you use the -av options.
If there are some big downloads, you can use the --exclude=<packade/atom> to not update the package right now.
At a first install, thats not useful of course as packages that depend on --excluded packages will not be built either.
It all helps manage your bandwidth.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Neddy :D

I downloaded about 500mb before getting lost in UEFI boot configs,

Hopefully I will have a working Gentoo install soon,


cheers,


A.



Edit:

Total download after Xorg, drivers and a few other things: about 1GB
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