Seth Vidal wrote: > On Sun, 23 Aug 2009, Björn Persson wrote: > > I want to check whether a package drags in other packages > > unnecessarily. > > define "unnecessarily"? When you're forced to install package A to be able to install package E even though E doesn't use any of the functionality that A provides. For example, Michael Schwendt demonstrated that ktorrent pulls in qt-mysql, which in turn depends on mysql-libs. That's OK if Ktorrent can actually do something that results in queries to a MySQL database. Otherwise it drags in the MySQL client libraries unnecessarily – that is, I should be allowed to install Ktorrent without installing the MySQL client libraries. One likely cause is that package C, somewhere in the dependency chain between A and E, contains too many different functions. In that case C should probably be split into subpackages C1 and C2, where C1 depends on A but E depends on C2. Then E would no longer depend on A. Björn Persson
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