[arch-general] Uninstallable Packages

Jelle van der Waa jelle at vdwaa.nl
Sat Jul 28 07:18:08 EDT 2012

On 28/07/12 13:04, Jeremiah Dodds wrote:
> Sorry if this is dragging up an old topic, but I've been poking around
> AIF as I'm interested in possibly (hopefully) bringing it up to speed
> and/or improving it, and I noticed that it's still in the repos, but
> isn't installable by anyone who doesn't happen to have grub legacy still
> installed on their system, unless I'm missing something.
> It seems like we'd want to avoid having to manually remove packages
> every time it becomes impossible to install a set of them. This might be
> my unfamiliarity with libalpm or pacman or any other myriad part of the
> stack, but it seems like the type of thing that could be handled by a
> utlity and a cron job fairly easily.
> It also seems like the type of thing that wouldn't be too annoying to
> deal with manually at the moment, but that could get frustrating for
> both users and devs down the line. Menial maintanence tasks like that[1]
> tend to end up sucking down a lot of people's time and energy in the
> long run, in my experience.
> If the lack of an automated "dead package remover" is just a "lack of
> time / patches welcome" type of thing, I'd volunteer to take a crack at
> writing the thing. If it isn't, I'd really like to know why.
> Footnotes: 
> [1]  unless, of course, it's not actually a menial task, in which case
>      please enlighten me
pacman -Sdd aif

Btw you could just use the AIF git repo and I guess the package will
soon be removed from the repos anyway.

Jelle van der Waa

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