Examples of 'dpkg --get-selection > packagesinstalled.txt' for firewall

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Mon Nov 25 17:50:30 EST 2002

Robert Thorsby wrote:
> From the contents of your Installed Packages you appear to be 
> constructing something significantly more than a router-cum-firewall 
> (which was, IIRC, the original question).

If you're using Debian, that's practically the minimal install you can 
do and still have things like logrotation (needs bash), remote access 
(needs ssh and bash) to manipulate the firewall rules (needs iptables 
and bash).  I use cron (for logrotate, ipacsum, etc), which therefore 
means a mailer is required, thus I use ssmtp to simply pass mail over to 
my central mail server.

> In fact, I would be reluctant to have such a distro as you propose as 
> the OS on a firewall exposed to the outside world. However, YMMV.

Any particular reasons - is it because it's Debian, the wrong version of 
Debian, or there's stuff you just wouldn't install (eg: bash, cron, 
logrotate, ipac-ng, pppoe, etc)?

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