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Re: APT [was Re: Is this really the right thing to do?]

i can't understand what all the fuss is about.

why are people proposing to clutter up dpkg and apt with "features" that
aren't needed?  seems like a waste of time and effort to me, and adds
bloat to programs which do not need it.

if you want to automatically remove packages which are no longer needed by
other packages, then surely the correct thing to do is to have a
(separate) tool which analyses the dependancy information and outputs a
list of packages which have no dependancies, optionally offering a choice
of removing them or not.

mostly, though, i can't see the point. what harm does it do to have a
few extra libraries installed on a system? it's not like they actually
cause any problems if they aren't used.

if disk space is at a premium, then the system admin should do some work
to solve that problem....work which may involve manually removing some
packages which aren't needed any more.


craig sanders

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