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Re: mktemp and diff orphaned?

On 11/10/2010 6:58 AM, Mark Allums wrote:
On 11/9/2010 1:33 PM, Hans-J. Ullrich wrote:
Hi all,

I am running debian-amd64/testing. When I start "orphaner" there are two
packages, which are marked as "essentials". These packages are "diff" and
"mktemp", but they are below "oldlibs". Can they safely to be removed,
as they
are meanwhile old? Or better leave them?



mktemp is required; don't remove it. diff has alternatives, but there is
really no need to remove it. It is still has lots of scripts that expect

I may have misunderstood. Your system needs and expects the functions of mktemp and diff, but *those particular _versions_ of the packages* may be obsolete. Check out the equivalents and replacements using the apt tools or aptitude, e.g.:

# aptitude why diff

In my case, the answer is "Unable to find a reason to install diff."


# apt-get remove -s mktemp

"NOTE: This is only a simulation!
 Package mktemp is not installed, so not removed"

So, you may not need mktemp or diff packages. mktemp the command is also in package coreutils. diff is also in diffutils. These are the up-to-date packages.

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