RFC: Soname in rpm name

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at welho.com
Mon Jan 24 16:14:56 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-01-24 at 15:16 +0100, Aurelien Bompard wrote:
> Ralf Ertzinger wrote:
> > The problem with this is that RPM does not indicate whether a package has
> > "end user value" (a command line or GUI program, or a daemon), or is just
> > a support library needed by said end user programs, which can be removed
> > if not needed by anyone.
> Panu's script looks in the file list for .so files, that's interesting. He
> also looks at the RPM Group tag apparently. There is probably room for
> improvements, but that's a good start.

Run the script with -a option to see why only packages with .so files
are considered: without it there are far too many false positives for
the output to be useful (never mind dangerous stuff like 'grub' listed
as unneeded). One can probably improve the heuristics somewhat but it'll
always be just a checklist of *potentially* unneeded stuff.

	- Panu -

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