It’s a particularly slow Friday afternoon here, so time to try stuff
I’ve just installed Instant Rails on a USB key, thinking it would be a
great way of showing off Rails in general, giving a progress update to
customers, trying out ideas, and generally all the other benefits that
come from having a completely portable environment.
However, the 168Mb of files that make up my Instant Rails (with extra
gems) is consuming 750Mb of space on my USB key. The reason is simple
enough; the USB is formatted as FAT32, and having lots of small files
stored on a FAT32 partition is a great way to burn your disc space
quickly. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to be able to reformat the USB
key as anything other than FAT or FAT32, and I’m not sure I’d want to
because FAT/FAT32 is really the only format that everything can read
and write to with no problems.
I can go through Instant Rails, remove things and see how small I can
get the disc footprint under FAT32, but hopefully someone’s already
done been down this path and can offer a few suggestions. I’m
reluctant to chop out things such as ActionMailer that I’m not using
yet, because I might well want to play around with it (say) tomorrow.
Thanks in advance