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Martin F. Krafft Open Source Press / No Starch Press ISBN 3-937514-07-4 / 1-593270-69-0
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Deborphan may need to be run iteratively (page 248)

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Reported on: 2006-07-30

In chapter 5. The Debian package management system on page 248:

Deborphaner is not iterative (or recursive, depending on how you look at it). In one run it may suggest to remove a set of packages, but it fails to identify packages that would be obsolete if the user removed the packages suggested in the first run.

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Philippe Teuwen suggests the following loop:

while [ $(deborphan | wc -l) -ne 0 ]; do
echo "Purging $(deborphan | wc -l) packets:";
deborphan | xargs dpkg --purge;
done

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Philippe Teuwen
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