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Re: RFC: Soname in rpm name



Axel Thimm wrote:

On Mon, Jan 24, 2005 at 03:05:29PM -0200, Alexandre Oliva wrote:


On Jan 24, 2005, Ralf Ertzinger <fedora-devel camperquake de> wrote:



Hi.
Aurelien Bompard <gauret free fr> wrote:


I did not know, is it possible to have a tool find the rpms that no rpms
depend on, and ask to remove them ?


The problem with this is that RPM does not indicate whether a package has
"end user value" (a command line or GUI program, or a daemon), or is just
a support library needed by said end user programs, which can be removed
if not needed by anyone.


Could we perhaps add such a flag to the rpm database? Then the
installer and the various other package installation front-ends could
mark user- (or comps-)requested packages as having end user value, and
everything else brought in to satisfy dependencies such that it is (or
can be) removed as soon as no dependencies remain.



ATrpms has started marking library only packages with


Provides: shared-library-package

so these packages can be identifies with

rpm --whatprovides shared-library-package

and be probed for garbage collection.

I.e. there is no need to extend rpm, you have everything already in
place.



And there's no need for the *.spec churn and the marker in dependencies:


rpm -qa 'classdict=*shared object*'

73 de Jeff


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