[Pkg-electronics-devel] Bug#883312: kicad-common: Please split 3D models to a separate package

Carsten Schoenert c.schoenert at t-online.de
Sat Dec 2 08:51:17 UTC 2017

Hello Mikko,

On Sat, Dec 02, 2017 at 09:52:40AM +0200, Mikko Rasa wrote:
> The 3D models take up nearly three gigabytes of space, which is nearly a
> fourth of my entire installed system size.  Many hobbyists do not need the
> 3D models and kicad is perfectly usable without them, so I suggest splitting
> this large chunk of data into a separate package.

I agree on this and to change this and some other changes within the
packaging of KiCad parts are planned for the preparation within the
packaging of the next stable version of KiCad that will be version 5.
The release of KiCad 5 is planned by upstream around Fosdem next year. I
haven't time and no willing to do further split of the packaging for the
current release circle aka 4.0.7 due a lack of time for this.

KiCad 5 will use ngspice for simulations and this need some deep rework
of the ngspice package due DFSG compliance right now. So I see more
long term usability to work here instead of rework the current packaging
of verion 4.0.7.

The work of the library team of the footprint and 3d-models is a bit
unfortunate and far away from a release based model, this brings in some
inconvenience like this over bloated 3d-models repository for 4.0.7.

In short, your whishlist will be solved in a upload of KiCad 5 into


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