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Re: RPM roadmapping



Jeff Spaleta wrote:
On 7/27/07, Panu Matilainen <pmatilai redhat com> wrote:
The more specific you can be, the better - "make it not suck" isn't
productive. Of course there's no way everything can be done, we want the
next major release out before end of the decade... Also this is not a
voting where most votes guarantee implementation, but consider it your
chance to be heard. I'm listening... :)

If I had any ability to hack on rpm.....
Is there a way to make the rpmdb smart enough to make auto-removal of
package dependencies happen when all packages using that dep were
explicitly installed are no longer on the system.

Naively, I would think that you could mark individual packages as
explicitly installed or not in the rpmdb.  So tools which interact
with the db could set that flag accordingly and such a demarcation
could be queried or used in transactions.

There's a logic problem here -- how do you determine which packages are marked which way on a fresh install? Marking them all as explicit means you rarely remove anything. Marking them all implicit means the first time you remove anything it destroys your system. There's no obvious determining factor to use as middle ground, at least to me.

--
  Peter


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