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Re: How to remove automatically installed packages when nothing depends on them?

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 05:06:54PM +0100, Michael Wagner <michaeldebian@web.de> was heard to say:
> * Daniel Burrows <dburrows@debian.org> 28.01.2009
> > On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 08:27:13PM +0100, Michael Wagner <michaeldebian@web.de> was heard to say:
> > > aptitude --purge-unused purge xfce4-terminal
> > > 
> > > It's documented in the man page of aptitude.
> > 
> >   All that does is cause programs which are already being removed
> > because they're unused to also be purged.  It won't help if they
> > aren't being removed in the first place.
> From "man aptitude"
> --purge-unused
> 	   Purge packages that are no longer required by any installed
> package. This is equivalent to passing “-o Aptitude::Purge-Unused=true”
> as a command-line argument.
> English is not my first language and I understand the above that it
> removes packages which are no more required. And this is what the OP
> wants.

  The subtext of that statement is the assumption that you are aware
that aptitude always *removes* packages which are not required (unless
you have disabled that).  Since you're the second person to make this
mistake, I probably need to fix that text in the manpage.


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