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Re: Proposing task-debian

Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> wrote:
> A cleaner implementation would be to create a simple program or script that
> would attempt to remove a given package and (recursively) all of its
> dependencies, skipping any that are depended upon by packages outside of the
> set of packages being manipulated.  So if you had installed
> task-x-window-system-core, then later installed xterm (which depends on xlibs),
> you could run this hypothetical program on task-x-window-system-core, and
> remove all of the pieces of task-x-window-system-core that were not needed by
> other packages.
> This would make a good python-apt script.

Yeah, and you could call it... Let's see... debfoster is a good name!

sam@krusty:~$ apt-cache show debfoster
Package: debfoster
Priority: optional
Section: admin
Installed-Size: 80
Maintainer: Ivo Timmermans <ivo@debian.org>
Architecture: i386
Version: 1.99+2.0pre8-2
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.2.2-2)
Recommends: apt
Filename: pool/main/d/debfoster/debfoster_1.99+2.0pre8-2_i386.deb
Size: 18488
MD5sum: 9889daf0211f8ebae701f71d45fc5790
Description: Install only wanted Debian packages
 debfoster is a wrapper program for apt and dpkg.  When first run, it
 will ask you which of the installed packages you want to keep
 After that, it maintains a list of packages that you want to have
 installed on your system.  It uses this list to detect packages that
 have been installed only because other packages depended on them.  If
 one of these dependencies changes, debfoster will take notice, and
 ask if you want to remove the old package.
 This helps you to maintain a clean Debian install, without old
 (mainly library) packages lying around that aren't used any more.

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