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Old 06-11-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Default how to clean off dummy packages?

Say, how do the pros clean up those dummy packages lying around their system?
Find their name with
# grep-status 'This is a dummy package'
and then apt-get purge them?
Seems not to systematic.

OK, I just tried that here on sid
# apt-get purge libcupsys2
... 50 to remove
It wanted to take 50 packages along with it... no dummy!


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Old 06-11-2008, 08:35 PM
Hubert Chathi
 
Default how to clean off dummy packages?

On Thu, 12 Jun 2008 03:57:12 +0800, jidanni@jidanni.org said:

> Say, how do the pros clean up those dummy packages lying around their
> system?

# deborphan --guess-dummy

> Find their name with
> # grep-status 'This is a dummy package'
> and then apt-get purge them? Seems not to systematic.

No, it isn't. Finding dummy packages is mostly guesswork.

> OK, I just tried that here on sid
> # apt-get purge libcupsys2
> ... 50 to remove
> It wanted to take 50 packages along with it... no dummy!

Just because it's a dummy package doesn't mean that nothing depends on
it!

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Old 06-11-2008, 09:21 PM
Florian Kulzer
 
Default how to clean off dummy packages?

On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 03:57:12 +0800, jidanni AT jidanni DOT org wrote:
> Say, how do the pros clean up those dummy packages lying around their system?
> Find their name with
> # grep-status 'This is a dummy package'
> and then apt-get purge them?
> Seems not to systematic.
>
> OK, I just tried that here on sid
> # apt-get purge libcupsys2
> ... 50 to remove
> It wanted to take 50 packages along with it... no dummy!

The cupsys -> cups transition does not seem to be complete yet. A
missing piece of the puzzle is cups-driver-gutenprint. Try to remove the
remaining cupsys dummy packages once this new package is available to
replace cupsys-driver-gutenprint. (There may be additional stumbling
blocks that I have overlooked.)

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Old 06-11-2008, 09:28 PM
Martin Kraus
 
Default how to clean off dummy packages?

On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 03:57:12AM +0800, jidanni@jidanni.org wrote:
> Say, how do the pros clean up those dummy packages lying around their system?
> Find their name with
> # grep-status 'This is a dummy package'
> and then apt-get purge them?
> Seems not to systematic.
>
> OK, I just tried that here on sid
> # apt-get purge libcupsys2
> ... 50 to remove
> It wanted to take 50 packages along with it... no dummy!

dummy packages even though they do not provide any files by themselves often
provide software installations by their dependencies. look at "linux-image-686".

is it possible you are asking about "transitional" packages?

mk


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Old 06-16-2008, 05:39 AM
Martin Pitt
 
Default how to clean off dummy packages?

Hi,

jidanni@jidanni.org [2008-06-12 3:57 +0800]:
> Say, how do the pros clean up those dummy packages lying around their system?
> [...]
> # apt-get purge libcupsys2
> ... 50 to remove
> It wanted to take 50 packages along with it... no dummy!

That's because a lot of packages are still depending on the old names
and need to be migrated (see [1]). So they will become real 'dummy'
packages eventually.

Martin

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/06/msg00277.html

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