Removal of packages safe?

I don’t know where else to put this.

“doas pacman -Qtdq” gives me these packages that can safely be removed but I’m a bit confused on their purpose. This is a desktop system.


extra/wayland-protocols 1.32-1 [installed]
Specifications of extended Wayland protocols
extra/xorg-font-util 1.4.1-1 (xorg-fonts xorg) [installed]
X.Org font utilities
extra/xorg-server-xvfb 21.1.10-1 (xorg) [installed]
Virtual framebuffer X server

I have no idea what those things mean. I think the font util is safe to remove, but the other two? Will my system still work when I remove that?

If you don’t need the remove them.

For as long as you don’t provide --cascade to the removal then yes - your system should work.

How do I know if i need them? I’m confused on what they do

Remove them and you will find out soon enough.

See the package descriptions.

pamac info <pkgname>

Use pacman -Qi wayland-protocols etc. and check the ‘Required By’ section.

or to simplify it a bit, grep the output, e.g.:

pacman -Qi grub | grep Required

They are being returned by a query that checks whether they are required by anything already.
They are orphans … they are not required by any other package.

The question of what they do would be at least partially answered by

pacman -Qi <package>


pacman -Qi $(pacman -Qdtq)

Ah, sorry. I should have read the post more carefully.

Look out for this, to proof its a orphan package:

(Required By : None)
(Optional For : None)

Safety first and use timeshift before playing around with your OS :melting_face:

You may be interested in using PkgBrowser. While getting the info you need by using various commands in the terminal is relatively easy (once you know what they are), but you may prefer this GUI which really provides a lot of info.

I tried timeshift, weird application. I never used it before. I opened it and it automatically started to make a backup for me to a USB drive I had plugged in. Bit weird. According to a google search, it’s for backing up the system and everything except for the home directory. When I actually look into it, it backs up the home directory and nothing of the system.

Not really. I’m usually confused when software is not inside a terminal. I was confused on what the software does, still am, and no one has been giving me an actual answer yet.

Yes, but the answers aren’t clear, which is the issue. It returns vague terms. A piece of software that is a “virtual framebuffer x server” sounds rather important.

And you can google that further. You’re acting like there is no way to find info anywhere. Search and you’ll find.

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I hope there is no Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in your Room and controlling the Mouse for you :robot:

I always have full control about Timeshift and it only created a snapshot when i clicked on the right button.

Per default it backup Root/Boot Partition, if i remember correct… you can expand it to home, if you want too.

The truth is, it can overwrite files when you want to restore your system and you may or may not regret the decision… which files are replaced/overwritten… think twices what you want/prefer.

But for me personally i prefer a backup from Root and included Home Partition, but when a snapshot is a little bid older… and you not always create a fresh snapshot and replace your changed files… you may regret it.

Anyways, i also think the GUI is bad designed, specially the option to include/exclude stuff… it had design flaws.