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Re: pro-tip: preinstall debhelper in your sbuild

On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 07:30:55PM +0500, Andrey Rahmatullin wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 03:25:59PM +0100, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > autoremove will still usually catch this.
> I'm not sure about this. Looks like it keeps Recommends or something. Or
> it's a bug.

I'd say that apt autoremove keeping Recommends even when called with
--no-install-recommends is a reasonable behaviour.  Same for
Priority:important or Important:yes packages.  The sbuild case is quite

The functionality to keep a system squeaky clean would probably be better in
debfoster, but alas, it's effectively unmaintained.

> > you do refresh your chroots from time to time (don't you?);
> No, I didn't even think it's ever needed until I saw FTBFS bugs about
> tzdata not installed with the base system anymore. Do we have guidelines
> on keeping our chroots healthy apart from running sbuild-update -udr from
> time to time?

The man page recommends -udcar, which includes autoclean, and, important
here, autoremove.

No idea about official buildds, but I remember hearing somewhere that the
Reproducible Builds project recreates them from scratch once a month.

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