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Re: Status update on 1.0

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Status update on 1.0
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:47:33 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi Timothy,

Timothy Sample <address@hidden> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:


>>   • GDM works well for GNOME and WMs that provide a .session file.
>>     However it still doesn’t honor ~/.xsession.  We discussed it before
>>     and dropped the ball.  Timothy, what’s missing?  I’d really like to
>>     make it the default.
> Nothing is missing!  As promised [1], in the last patch series I made
> GDM run our custom “xinitrc” script instead of the built-in one.  This
> happened in commit 41fa9f1815685ede0d3fdc1c561d2a9cf0ffb158.  :)
> (I tested this now to be absolutely sure, and it works like a charm.)

Oh, awesome!  I keep forgetting about all the good things that happen.

> Yes.  We should be working on “guix size gnome-shell”.  It more
> accurately reflects the size of GDM, and (I hope you’re sitting down) it
> weighs in at 2GiB!
> Fortunately, it looks like we could claw back ~400MiB by (somehow)
> dropping “hplip-minimal”.  It gets pulled in through the path
>     gdm → gnome-settings-daemon → colord → sane-backends →
>     hplip-minimal.
> We almost certainly don’t need it for GDM.  I guess removing it means
> making a version of “colord” without “sane-backends”.  It was introduced
> in commit 4c9287432824f396d5c614c3b2287f553cd9fb90.  I’ll look into
> this.

Cool!  That’d already be an improvement.

> GNOME Shell has a handful of silly references like “inkscape” and
> “webkitgtk” that are huge and (I assume) unnecessary.

Oh indeed.  Inkscape comes from
45fef894eb5b39029633cd0cd907e8ce8c5ab379, I’ll look into it.

> There seems to be a handful of easy wins.  I would be surprised if we
> could get the closure of “gnome-shell” below 1GiB, but we will see.
> Also, keep in mind that a lot of these bytes will be recycled.  For
> instance, GTK+ 3 is ~700MiB, and chances are there will be at least one
> GTK+ 3 application besides GDM.

Yes, sure.


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