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asked 2015-01-27 06:53:00 -0500

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The thunderbird setup from mozilla is only 35.2 MB while the yum package is 52 MB. This is the case with many other packages.

Why so?

Cant the source be directly pulled from upstream?

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I would like to know why 20 MB of difference is so important to you facing the benefits of a properly packaged program with all the safety and benefits that brings a package installed from an official repository...

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2015-01-27 13:35:16 -0500 )edit
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I am just asking why there is a difference in size for curosity only.

megh gravatar imagemegh ( 2015-01-28 00:10:42 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-01-28 00:30:38 -0500

The download from Mozilla is language-specific, and the Fedora package contains all locales.

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Is this the state with all fedora packages? I use only english

megh gravatar imagemegh ( 2015-01-28 04:09:48 -0500 )edit
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No, some packages have subpackages for language support, usually just larger sets like LibreOffice. For something like Thunderbird, with only ~25MB of uncompressed language files, the maintainer probably decided that the little extra space required was a fair trade tor the easier package maintenance and avoided end user frustration. You might only use English, but not everyone does.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-01-28 11:10:15 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the info but the package maintainer should think about it again (25MB is not only for an internet connection like mine)

megh gravatar imagemegh ( 2015-01-29 05:22:12 -0500 )edit

You should file a bug against the thunderbird package to bring your concerns to the attention of the maintainer, then.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-01-29 11:44:47 -0500 )edit

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