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Re: [NEW IDEA] Automatic removal of dependencies



On Thu, 2006-04-27 at 12:46 -0600, Lamont R. Peterson wrote:
> 1.  Enhance RPM to track a new flag from each package to indicate whether or 
> not it was installed auto-selected-for-dependency.  Then, "yum remove foo" 
> could automatically select to remove all packages that "foo" depends on that 
> are no longer depended on by any other installed packages.

In the long term, if such functionality becomes common, it would be nice
to have RPM allow a flag to be stored within the package database, so
that multiple front ends can share it.

As is, aptitude tracks it in its own database. (Even on its native
Debian) Which means any packages installed outside aptitude are assumed
to be explicit installs.

For now, just track it in the front end, and help prove its useful and
desirable functionality. :)

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