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Re: Suggestion for change to debian package format

Actually, what I usually do, about once a month (mebbe 2-3 if I'm lazy),
I load up dselect, and set everything to be purged, then (before actually
starting the purge!) I go and re-select everything I want to keep -- and
of course dselect loads the deps for that, then I purge -- and yes, I've
purged nearly 100 packages at one time doing that -- but it *DOES* take
a good  hour, typically, but it's worth it when I free up 35M :)

On Mon, Mar 29, 1999 at 06:37:54PM +0100, Edward Betts wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Mar, 1999, Mark Phillips wrote:
> > Now what happens when later I decide that I no longer need a certain
> > package.  I remove the package --- but unless I'm very dilligent, I
> Solution: be dilligent
> > don't remove all the packages that this package depends on or
> > suggests.  So after time, the system builds up quite a number of
> > packages which are installed for no good reason.  That is, they were
> > once installed in order to support some other package, but now that
> > package is removed and so they serve no purpose.  All they do is take
> > up disk space, and for some (like me), space is a premium.
> If space is a premium, don't install stuff you don't need. When you have
> finished with a program remove it. And be dilligent.
> -- 
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