netinst CD image - too big, vaguely specified? says in part:
"This single CD contains *just the minimal amount* of software to start the installation and fetch the remaining packages over the Internet." [emphasis *added*]

I've browsed through debian-6.0.4-i386-netinst.list. It appears to contains files of unlikely interest to me (C compiler and header files, firewire, traceroute, etc).

I also did not find any description of how fine the user control of packages to be downloaded is.

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