[Q] Proper way to remove a package from source?

Hello all,

I am working on a custom CyanogenMod ROM (10.2) for my own use. I've managed to accomplish most of my goals. One thing remains: removing packages that I don't want/need from the build. Technically, I am able to do so already by modifying the Android.mk file of the package so that it produces errors during the build procedure, skips building the package, but doesn't stop the entire build process. However, that is just a lousy hack.

Can anyone point me to the correct .mk/.sh/.whatever files in the repository I would need to edit (there are probably several) so that I can skip building the packages I don't want included in my ROM? I want to avoid using a "kitchen" if I can. I won't actually learn anything if I use a kitchen.

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