[Mageia-dev] Orphans after /usr move

Colin Guthrie mageia at colin.guthr.ie
Tue Jul 24 18:31:54 CEST 2012

'Twas brillig, and Anne Wilson at 24/07/12 17:04 did gyre and gimble:
> On 24/07/12 15:09, Colin Guthrie wrote:
>> 'Twas brillig, and Anne Wilson at 24/07/12 14:42 did gyre and 
>> gimble:
>>> On 24/07/12 10:20, Colin Guthrie wrote:
>>>> 'Twas brillig, and Anne Wilson at 24/07/12 09:42 did gyre and 
>>>> gimble:
>>>>> 46 packages are reported as being orphans after the move, but
>>>>>  many of those are libraries and video drivers, of which the 
>>>>> intel one is, I think, the one I use.  OTOH, 
>>>>> /usr/sbin/remove-unused-packages finds only a wacom driver
>>>>> to be removed.
>>>>> Advice?
>>>> No idea. The move shouldn't have affected this list at all.
>>>> /me doesn't use this feature anyway. I always use "urpmq 
>>>> --not-available" to remove old packages as I find the built in
>>>>  orphan tracking to not really be all that useful for me.
>>> That gives an even longer list, including harddrake and
>>> drakxtools. I doubt if leaving them is going to cause any
>>> problems, so I'm going to ignore them.
>> --not-available should never show e.g. drakxtools or similar
>> unless your system is not fully up-to-date.
>> It basically compares your installed versions with the latest 
>> version available via your media.
>> Typically it would list old libraries we no longer ship (e.g. 
>> libudev0 for example) and which you can now safely remove.
> I hadn't done today's update at that point.  I have now, and the drak*
> packages are no longer listed.  I confess I  haven't been diligent in
> cleaning out orphans in the past, so they could have been there some
> time.  Most of the listed packages seem to be libboost_* - are these
> old ones?  If there's any doubt I'll just leave things.

Yeah there will typically be lots of library packages that are no longer
needed. The boost ones show up as they have lots of sub-packages.

I don't do it that often myself either, so there does tend to be an
accumulation over time on my system too :)



Colin Guthrie

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