Inkscape package contains very large (8MB) inkview binary file - please package it separately

Bug #278001 reported by Mantas Kriaučiūnas on 2008-10-04
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
inkscape (Baltix)
inkscape (Debian)
inkscape (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: inkscape

The inkscape and inkview binaries are the largest on my Ubuntu 8.04 system:

$ ls -lk /usr/bin | sort -rn -k5 | head -n5
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 8042 2008-04-07 21:42 inkscape
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 8030 2008-04-07 21:42 inkview
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3685 2008-06-13 01:22 Xephyr
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3659 2008-03-08 04:45 gimp-2.4
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 2861 2008-05-26 11:11 gdbtui

Very large (8MB) inkview executable isn't needed for Inkscape - please package it separately or use one of the following ways:

I suspect that the inkscape and inkview binaries are > 90% identical. Would it be possible to eliminate one of them, and thereby save 8MB? Possible methods:

- Two links to the same executable which checks argv[0].
- An executable for inkscape and a script for inkview which calls inkscape with a view-only flag.
- Two small executables and a shared library.

Changed in inkscape:
status: Unknown → New
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

A pre-release of the upcoming Inkscape 0.47 is now available in Ubuntu
Karmic for testing. Because *so* much stuff has changed compared with
the version you reported your bug against, would you mind re-testing
this new version and see if this bug is now resolved?

Karmic Alpha CD ISO images are available at:

If you're not testing Karmic yet, there are .debs of this new Inkscape
for Jaunty, Hardy, and Intrepid here:

You might find further bugs when testing this alpha release. If that is
the case, please file a NEW bug report here:

Thanks ahead of time for your testing efforts, and enjoy the new Inkscape!

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) wrote :

Large inkview executable is still present in latest development release

$ ls -lk /usr/bin/ |sort -rn -k5|head
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10531 2009-09-05 04:52 inkscape
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 10505 2009-09-05 04:52 inkview
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6178 2009-09-04 21:02 net.samba3
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5552 2009-06-18 10:23 audacity
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5503 2009-09-04 21:02 rpcclient
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5349 2009-09-04 21:02 smbcacls
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5301 2009-09-04 21:02 smbget
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5277 2009-09-04 21:02 smbclient
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5201 2009-09-04 21:02 smbpasswd
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5201 2009-09-04 21:02 smbcquotas

$ apt-cache policy inkscape
  Installed: 0.47~pre1-0ubuntu2
  Candidate: 0.47~pre1-0ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 0.47~pre1-0ubuntu2 0
        500 karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
jazzynico (jazzynico) on 2009-12-28
tags: added: packaging
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in inkscape (Debian):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in inkscape:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
jazzynico (jazzynico) on 2011-06-27
tags: added: inkview
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