To keep or not to keep tarballs

Simon Tetelbaum stetelbaum at
Tue Jul 21 18:44:02 UTC 2009

If you don't plan on recompiling or reinstalling any of the packages, you don't need to keep either the source or package tarballs. That said, the package tarballs are generally pretty small and can save you if you accidentally muck up your system. 


-----Original Message-----
From: crux-bounces at [mailto:crux-bounces at] On Behalf Of Hazel Russman
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 2:34 PM
To: crux at
Subject: To keep or not to keep tarballs

In Gentoo, one normally keeps source tarballs because they are frequently re-used, either for patch updates or for rebuilding packages against upgraded libraries. Is this also the case in Crux? And do the compiled .pkg.tar.gz files need to be kept after the package has been installed?

I ask because I do not have a very large partition for my Crux system and I don't want it to get filled up with unnecessary files.

Hazel Russman <hazel_russman at>
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