[mythtv-users] Myth backend: Console or GUI OS ? Init level 3 or init level 5 ?
linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Mon Sep 12 22:21:52 UTC 2011
>Initially I was using Debian, but soon I observe that I have 10G OS
>part with tons of software where only 20% is relevant to things
>running on server. The same for files on system HDD. I like
>orderliness so I decide to trash Debian based solution and build
>something where I will have all under my control.
Debian does **NOT** install 10G of stuff unless you tell it to ! My
Debian backend runs with less than 1G on the OS volume :
$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/md126 2.0G 873M 1.1G 46% /
/dev/md127 97M 20M 72M 22% /boot
9.9G 775M 8.6G 9% /var
/dev/sda4 1.3T 521G 690G 44% /store1
I've got "quite a number" of systems at work, and none of have a
significantly larger OS footprint than that. It could be that you
weren't paying attention when the installer asked what selection of
packages to install - I vaguely recall the default is a full desktop
(I once forgot to untick it and had a WTF moment when it announced
how many packages it was downloading).
Kris B. wrote:
>Ok, then I will be the dissenter and write what was said in some
>myth faq somewhere... running X doesn not have a terrible impact on
>performance, it is easier to run mythtv-setup with it installed, and
>if you install a small DE like fluxbox or icewm, you are barely
>impacting your overall system. In todays HD space, you aren't
>taking up anything percentage-wise by installing them, and then they
>are there when you need it. You can always drop to init 3 on a
>normal basis (but I don't see the reason).
> With today's processors/memory/hd space, it isn't something
>worth going through the effort to do.
True. It's neither here nor there in disk space (especially
considering the hundreds of GBytes we're going to be using for video
storage) and performance loss is going to be near as makes no
difference zero when it's not being used.
But, in my case, although I actually have a monitor attached at the
moment, to use it means standing in a cupboard, using a keyboard
perched on a box, and a mouse on a (very small) bit of empty shelf.
YMMV, but I basically run my servers headless unless I'm having boot
time problems, and do all my admin from the comfort of my desk.
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