Bob Gustafson wrote:
I'm comparing two messengers:
One, with 'minimum code', which relies on the user to decide whether the
dependency list to be removed contains elements which are actively used
by other packages.
A second, (debian's package manager), which maintains a reference count
so it does not remove elements which are still in use by other packages.
Which would you like to unleash on the world?
Debian's dep resolver WILL remove a dependency if you run apt-get remove
a package (ie) apt-get remove foo will cause all that depends on foo to
be removed as well. There is no difference between yum and apt-get here.
The reference count is only useful in removing ADDITIONAL leaf packages.