Re: Reference counting for packages (finding unused packages)
"Sean 'Shaleh' Perry" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> 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
Actually the java compiler would not be installed unless you asked for
it directly and then it gets a count of one because you asked for
it. Any package a user has asked to be installed will never have a
count of 0. Of cause one must be carefull what to ask for. :)
May the Source be with you.