I am running an XFCE flavoured manjaro and am trying to familiarize myself more and more with pacman.
Now I believe to probably have packages which are not actually needed and am looking to understand better whether they are save to remove.
My current example is
gnome-icon-theme, which the pamac GUI presents me to be upgradable.
pacman -Qi gnome-icon-theme says
"Required By: None". That plus not using gnome makes me believe the package to be obsolete.
I can find a
GNOME entry in the graphical
>Appearance >Icons though but as it is not highlighted I believe I am not using it (and wouldn’t mind to change whether it was in play)
Would there be anything else to look out for?
Only you can decide that - but generally speaking - from a system perspective - yes, it’s safe.
The specific package gnome-icon-theme has been moved to AUR and therefore removed from the repo. The reason is, it has been replaced by Adwaita - so it is most likely not needed.
Even though you may not be using Gnome desktop - gnome is everywhere - XFCE is built using the gnome toolkit - so the statement not using Gnome makes it obsolete - is not always true.
perfect, thnks. Exactly the kind of response I was hoping for.
gnome-icon-theme was removed from repo and moved to AUR (probably), because I just removed it too day or so ago. It was explicitly installed for one reason or the other, so it won’t show up as an orphan.
But there are a lot of explicitly installed packages with
"Required By: None" and you can find them with
i logged in to ask the same question as i was intrigued by this AUR package update notification.
so i assume it is safe to remove.
if you are, as me, not 100% secure with pacman … look at the difference between
pacman -R gnome-icon-theme vs
pacman -Rs gnome-icon-theme
as far as I understand the matter
pacman -R (in our little example here) would leave
gnome-icon-theme-symbolic (being a dependency of
gnome-icon-theme) as an orphan on the system while
pacman -Rs also gets rid of it recursively (the
-s option meaning recursive).
Not knowing about or using
Rs may leave a lot of orphaned packages on your system over time.
$ sudo pacman -Rs gnome-icon-theme
Packages (2) gnome-icon-theme-symbolic-3.12.0-6 gnome-icon-theme-3.12.0-7
Total Removed Size: 11,72 MiB
:: Do you want to remove these packages? [Y/n]
when I’ll delete it,it will be through Pamac.
and i prefer not to mess with orphans, also they don’t take much space in my case.
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