Safety to remove orphanized packages

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Safety to remove orphanized packages

Postby adhefe » Apr 9th, '19, 02:56

After last updates today, among others, the package

xrandr-1.5.0-2.mga7

was said to be orphan.

This is a hybrid graphics computer using mageia-prime. Isn't it true that xrandr is required for mageia-prime? How can it be orphanized?

Is it safe to remove all orphanized packages?

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Re: Safety to remove orphanized packages

Postby benmc » Apr 9th, '19, 05:49

It may be that 1 (of many) packages that have xrandr as a dependency has been removed.
You can reboot and check to see if the dependency from another package gets linked, and so removes the orphan report.

given the size of the file xrandr, you can just leave it on the system.

have a read here => viewtopic.php?f=36&t=3838
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Re: Safety to remove orphanized packages

Postby adhefe » Apr 10th, '19, 04:10

Reading your post, I understand that it is really dangerous to remove so called orphan packages...
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Re: Safety to remove orphanized packages

Postby daniewicz » Apr 11th, '19, 04:15

Reading your post, I understand that it is really dangerous to remove so called orphan packages...


Yes it can be dangerous. Be careful.
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Re: Safety to remove orphanized packages

Postby isadora » Apr 11th, '19, 07:46

Some more information concerning this issue can be found at:
https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Removing_packages
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