[Distutils] PEP 376 -- new round

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 16:57:46 CET 2010

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM, Carl Meyer <carl at dirtcircle.com> wrote:
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> Reinout van Rees wrote:
>> Debian/ubuntu has a mechanism to clean up packages that were once
>> installed to satisfy dependencies but that aren't needed anymore.
>> The handiest course of action is probably looking up how they do it.
>> (/me doesn't know now it works internally, btw)
> Apt has a file, /var/lib/apt/extended_states, which stores an
> "Auto-Installed" flag with same semantics as the REQUESTED flag
> (inverted). Though there are issues with the flag not being set
> correctly for base-system packages, and not all tools take advantage of
> the flag, the stored metadata is the same.
> Carl

FYI  we agreed with Carl on IRC that he would work on a diff for the
REQUESTED section,
to build a small Rationale chapter. So the need becomes more obvious
from Distutils PoV


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