Global USE flag

Install a very minimal build (disables, for example, plugins, fonts, most drivers, non-critical features)

Packages describing “minimal” as local USE flag

Package “minimal” Flag Description
app-admin/passwordsafe Avoid collision with app-misc/pwsafe
app-arch/tar just install `tar`
app-crypt/ekeyd Only install the ekey-egd-linux service rather than the full ekeyd package.
app-editors/nano Disable all fancy features, including ones that otherwise have a dedicated USE flag (such as spelling).
app-misc/unfoo Do not install all support archive binaries
app-office/scribus Don't install headers (only required for e.g. plug-in developers)
app-text/dictd Don't build server but dict client, dictzip and dictfmt only.
dev-db/mariadb Install client programs only, no server
dev-db/mysql Install client programs only, no server
dev-db/mysql-cluster Install client programs only, no server
dev-db/unixODBC Disable bundled drivers and extra libraries (most users don't need these)
dev-lang/lazarus Don't build extra packages from the bigide component
dev-libs/libcdio Only build the libcdio library and little more, just to be used to link against from multimedia players. With this USE flag enabled, none of the command-line utilities are built, nor is the CDDA library.
dev-php/PEAR-HTTP_Download Do not include support for PEAR-MIME_Type
dev-php/ZendFramework Installs the minimal version without Dojo toolkit, tests and demos
dev-util/dialog Disable library, install command-line program only
dev-util/google-perftools Only build the tcmalloc_minimal library, ignoring the heap checker and the profilers.
kde-apps/kdecore-meta Disable install of various KDE SC 4 based packages
lxqt-base/lxqt-meta Do not install x11-wm/openbox window manager
mail-client/thunderbird Remove the software development kit and headers
media-fonts/infinality-ultimate-meta Install a minimal set of fonts
media-gfx/iscan-plugin-gt-f500 Install the firmware only, and not the plugin.
net-analyzer/munin Only install munin-node and its plugins. This excludes the scripts to generate the web pages and the graphs.
net-analyzer/nrpe Only build the check plugins for Nagios/Icinga, and not the daemon.
net-analyzer/nsca Only build and install the send_nsca command and not the daemon. This allows a very minimal install with no overhead when setting up a node.
net-im/ekg2 Disable building extra plugins with no additional deps.
net-nds/openldap Build libraries & userspace tools only. Does not install any server code.
net-p2p/eiskaltdcpp Don't install headers
net-print/hplip Only build internal hpijs/hpcups driver (not recommended at all, make sure you know what you are doing)
sci-chemistry/oasis Restricts functionality on free software
sci-electronics/kicad Build only binaries without parts library and examples
sys-apps/iproute2 only install ip and tc programs
sys-apps/smartmontools Do not install the monitoring daemon and associated scripts.
sys-auth/pambase Disables the standard PAM modules that provide extra information to users on login; this includes pam_tally (and pam_tally2 for Linux PAM 1.1 and later), pam_lastlog, pam_motd and other similar modules. This might not be a good idea on a multi-user system but could reduce slightly the overhead on single-user non-networked systems.
sys-boot/lilo Do not install the dolilo helper script
sys-libs/musl-nscd Only installs the header files
virtual/ssh Prefer net-misc/dropbear over net-misc/openssh
x11-apps/xinit Control dependencies on legacy apps (xterm, twm, ...). Safe to enable if you use a modern desktop environment.

All packages providing a “minimal” USE flag (206)