On Thu, Jun 23, 2005 at 10:47:00AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote: > > What, 239 packages out of some 16000 total? What exactly is > the problem? This is a miniscule number, and the disk requirements > for a dummy package is negligible. Now, novice users can possibly be (...) I guess your count is based on 'apt-cache search dummy'. Sorry, unfortunately that will not provide you with a full list for several reasons: 1.- there are packages that include 'dummy' in their description which are not provided for transitional reasons (i.e. java-common) 2.- there are packages labeled as dummy that are in fact used to track versioned packages (i.e. libapache-mod-python). Users should not remove these, they are not transitional packages either. 3.- there are dummy packages which do not use 'dummy' in their description but use something else instead (look at zope-tinytable or try searching for 'transitional'). One of the main problems looking for these packages is that there is no standard _description_ for them. That makes it difficult for us to find and clean them between releases  and for system administrators to find which ones are present in their system and remove them after an upgrade. Regards Javier  I did a 'dummy' hunt before sarge which resulted in some dummy packages being removed from sarge which were created to ease potato->woody upgrades!
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