Installation (or rather rescue) environment should IMO contain gpm and mc programs, which may be very usefull in rescue tasks:
- gpm's clipboards are very usefull eg. for various operations with UUID (which are used in several last Fedora distros). Using clipboard for these (and other long/bad rememberable) strings is much simpler than some hacks with shell redirections or temporary files.
- mc is very intuitive and illustrative file manager useful for cases in serious filesystem damage (well, I come into them only on other innominate OSs - but Fedora netinst CD I have along already, in contrast with specialized recovery CDs :). In case other file-intensive tasks mc can help too.
Thus, when their inclusion not block other issues, I advocate for adding them to install images.
Thanks, Franta Hanzlik
anaconda's rescue mode is not intended to provide every possible program that every person may ever need. At that point, it's just gotten so large as to be its own complete operating system and then you might as well use the livecd or something similar to repair your system.
OK, I agree that mc isn't too important and doesn't need to be there. But You should still consider including gpm:
- anaconda rescue mode has text UI, thus clipboard feature provided by gpm may be very usefull
- gpm binary is only about 100 kB in size and depends only on glibc, thus there isn't big growth is size and complexity.