Question on yum remove

Todd Zullinger tmz at
Sun Jun 17 17:56:07 UTC 2007

Mail List wrote:
> On Sunday 17 June 2007 09:57:48 am Aaron Konstam wrote:
>> On Sat, 2007-06-16 at 23:22 +0100, Steve Searle wrote:
>>> Around 11:11pm on Saturday, June 16, 2007 (UK time), Timothy Murphy 
> scrawled:
>>>> Why does "yum remove foo" try to remove every package
>>>> using anything required by foo?
>>>> Surely the rational strategy would be to leave anything
> I am not sure what yum does or doesn't do, but it seems to me what
> it should do to remove foo is remove any thing foo needs which is
> NOT needed by anything else. It should also remove anything which
> needs foo. Not sure what else you could do really.

You can use the package-cleanup tool to list packages that nothing
depends on.  This command will print a list of such packages:

$ package-cleanup --leaves

You could feed that to yum to remove those packages:

$ yum remove $(package-cleanup --leaves)

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