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Bug#901003: There is no standard way of removing transitional / dummy packages




Control: reassign -1 debian-handbook

On Fri, 2018-06-08 at 07:08 +0800, 積丹尼 Dan Jacobson wrote:
> Package: general
> 
> There is no standard way of removing transitional / dummy packages.
>
> One has to grep for the words transitional / dummy in their
> descriptions to find them.
> 
> They should all have a standard Tag:.

Developers' Reference says to put them in the oldlibs section:
https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/ch06.en.html#bpp-transition

> And the Debian documentation should mention what apt command will
> remove them.

I don't think you can do it with apt, but deborphan can identify
various kinds of unneeded packages and aptitude should be able to
select and remove packages in the oldlibs section.

Reassigning this to debian-handbook, which doesn't seem to say anything
about this currently.

Ben.

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Ben Hutchings
When in doubt, use brute force. - Ken Thompson

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