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Re: Removal of datasheets to reduce installer


On 01/14/2012 01:58 PM, jean-pierre charras wrote:
Le 14/01/2012 11:03, hauptmech a écrit :
Opinions on removing the datasheets from the library to reduce the size
of the installer?

What is the interest to reduce the size of installer (less than 200Mb)
For myself, I don't always have access to a fat pipe and in New Zealand I pay for every byte of traffic. My main reason for asking is to follow up on a post in the questions section about splitting the installer into two parts.

A lot of software has (by far) a larger size.
Such an EDA software needs of course binaries,
but also libraries, tutorials and docs are also mandatory.
Data sheets are part of doc.
No doc, useless software.
In 5 years of using KiCad (though I don't use it often) I have never looked at the datasheet PDF's provided with KiCad. I do use datasheets. I have a large number that I use for reference when designing... just not the same ones.

If I did use a part for which KiCad has a datasheet... I would first check the manufacturers website for the latest revision of the document. So there is no win for me to have a datasheet from KiCad.

In my opinion: A url to the manufactures page on the part is much more useful.

Also we are distributing the source files for the help documents which
takes a bit of extra space.

No doc, useless software.
2x Docs (pdf & ODT) => 1x useless docs

Some numbers using the latest linux tarball as a reference:
  remove all */docs_src
  remove share/libraries/doc

200Mb -> 100Mb

That's the low hanging fruit...

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