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RE: Reference counting for packages (finding unused packages)

On 07-Dec-1999 Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> I would like to know what packages I don´t need anymore when removing
> a package. At the moment one can only look at the dependencies
> manually and try to deinstall them if one doesn´t know what to do with 
> them.
> This mechanism could be automated by a simple reference counting.

my initial thought here is what about build time depends?  Nothing depends on
say a java compiler.  It would spuriously appear to be safe to remove.

This could be solved by a task-java-dev, but I still can envision some bad

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