Bug#703612: developers-reference: transitional packages cannot always safely be removed
6.7.7. Make transition packages deborphan compliant
For example, with --guess-dummy, deborphan tries to search all
transitional packages which were needed for upgrade but which can
now safely be removed. For that, it looks for the string dummy or
transitional in their short description.
"which can now safely be removed" is incorrect, as a transitional
package can still contain executables and be functional, e.g. ffmpeg.
a transitional package can also be a package that will be removed
in a future version of Debian.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 7.0
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 3.8-trunk-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=POSIX, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
developers-reference depends on no packages.
Versions of packages developers-reference recommends:
ii debian-policy 22.214.171.124
Versions of packages developers-reference suggests:
ii doc-base 0.10.4
-- no debconf information