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Precise: GParted updated and smaller

July 09, 2013 — BarryK
One thing that has always been a problem for us, wanting to have the smallest possible .iso file, is that GParted uses the gtkmm libraries.

Normally, it is the only application that does. The gtkmm libs are an Object Orientation layer on top of the normal gtk libs, but they are about as big again as the libs they sit on top of.

What we have done in earlier pups, such as Wary/Racy, is link GParted statically with the gtkmm libs, which eliminates the gtkmm libs at runtime. Typically the total size of GParted and gtkmm libs is about twice that of the statically-linked GParted.
So, it is a worthwhile saving, probably knocking about 1.5MB off the .iso file.

Precise pup up until now, has the shared gtkmm libs, but I have just compiled the latest GParted, version 0.16.1 (amongst other improvements, it supports exfat and f2fs) linked statically with gtkmm.
What stopped me from doing this previously is Ubuntu does not provide the static gtkmm libraries.

However, I have compiled all of these as static libs. Look for gtkmm, glibmm, pangomm, cairomm and libgnomecanvasmm here:

I also updated parted (253K):

And here is gparted (1.3M):

Both parted and gparted need to be installed in Precise Puppy, nothing else.


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Username: GCMartin
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Username: ozsouth
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