Monday, 3 November 2008

Confusing terminology in Fedora and Ubuntu

What is called 'orphan', and what is 'obsolete'? Fedora and Ubuntu give us contradictive and confusing definition.

Let's have a look here.


List installed packages which are not available from currenly configured repositories.
List leaf nodes in the local RPM database. Leaf nodes are RPMs that are not relied upon by any other RPM.


--'synaptic-status-installed(local or obsolete)'
Display only packages that are not (for longer) included in one of the specified repositories.

deborphan finds "orphaned" packages on your system. It determines which packages have no other packages depending on their installation and shows you a list of these packages.


Accordingly, orphans(fedora)=obsolete(ubuntu), leaves(fedora)=orphan(ubuntu).

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