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Re: analysis of package dependencies

On Tue, Apr 24, 2001 at 03:19:08PM +0200, Russell Coker wrote:
> I am installing some new servers and I want a list of the reason for each 
> package being installed (no software is to be installed without a good 
> reason).

Interesting idea...

> I then want to have a program go through this file and produce a list of all 
> the packages those packages depend on and give them the same reason (cpp is 
> needed for software development because gcc depends on it, libldap2 is needed 
> because postfix-tls depends on it).  Then the program will list the packages 
> without a reason for being installed.
> Is there a program for this already?

deborphan might be tweakable to do this. pkg-order could also be useful.
Apt 0.5 now has a python interface, and possibly a perl interface, so
that's probably usable too.



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