Hei there! I have been running Manjaro for over a year, but in relative terms I am new to GNU/Linux. I love to learn about all of it, and I occasionally do run into things I don’t quite understand. Like this problem:
Here is a list of the current orphans on my system (output of the pacman -Qdt command):
I have a feeling some of these packages perhaps shouldn’t be on the list. Would that be the case with for instance make and automake? Apart from installing and uninstalling a few packages, I haven’t messed with my system at all since I did a fresh install of Manjaro a week ago. Most of the packages on the orphan list (incl. make and automake) have been on the list since day one or two after the install.
I am extra suspicious as it is not the first time I have removed orphans and realised they were packages I should have kept (once preinstalled Xfce dark themes that I was currently using were deleted that way). While I have learnt to double check the orphans list before removing the packages (hence my question above), I do wonder why non-orphans make it onto the orphans list? To a new Linux user like me, this seems like a potentially very damaging flaw in the the package manager and one that can lead to a lot of frustrations. But most of you know way more about how this is supposed to work, so I would love to hear your perspectives on that!
Hope anyone can shed some light on this for me