making deborphan obsolete?

Chris Peterman kyral at
Tue Apr 11 18:25:01 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 11 April 2006 13:59, Stephen R Laniel wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 11, 2006 at 01:27:31PM -0400, Chris Peterman wrote:
> > And what exactly is wrong with Deborphan (and its GUI, GTKOrphan (I think
> > thats the name)? Also, IIRC Aptitude already does this.
> Deborphan only removes packages that begin with 'lib', I
> believe. Suppose, for whatever reason, that you wanted to
> install mozilla-venkman but you didn't already have firefox
> installed. So you install Venkman, apt-get installs Firefox,
> and later on you remove Venkman. Now you look at deborphan;
> it doesn't tell you that you installed Firefox purely to
> satisfy a dependency in Venkman. Hence you have an orphaned
> package that doesn't show up in deborphan.

Maybe I was thinking DebFoster then? I always mix those up...

~ Chris "Kyral" Peterman
Computer Science Undergraduate
Clarkson University
Associate Member of the Free Software Foundation
Ubuntu Member
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