> We could make ftp and telnet optional and ncurses could then become > an > optional build feature. Or more radically we could completely > outsource ftp > and telnet. > > I suppose everyone who builds their own images uses an alpha-* > profile or > at least a bunch of optional packages anyway. So I guess the real > question > is what purpose we want the barebones image to have. Obviously it's > nice to > have the system to work (i.e. boot) without optional packages, but > what > beyond that? Building optional packages require a working image first, which if no longer the case makes non-x86 port not doable easily... Chicken and egg. François.