RFC: Soname in rpm name

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Mon Jan 24 17:05:29 UTC 2005

On Jan 24, 2005, Ralf Ertzinger <fedora-devel at camperquake.de> wrote:

> Hi.
> Aurelien Bompard <gauret at free.fr> wrote:

>> I did not know, is it possible to have a tool find the rpms that no rpms
>> depend on, and ask to remove them ?

> 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.

Could we perhaps add such a flag to the rpm database?  Then the
installer and the various other package installation front-ends could
mark user- (or comps-)requested packages as having end user value, and
everything else brought in to satisfy dependencies such that it is (or
can be) removed as soon as no dependencies remain.

Alexandre Oliva             http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
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