[CentOS] question on unused directories in /usr/lib and /usr/lib64

Wed Feb 15 21:13:23 UTC 2012
m.roth at 5-cent.us <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

Craig Thompson wrote:
> Hardly kidding.  But then again, this is early April isn't it?  Oh,
> wait...
> To "cleanly uninstall unused software," one would need a list of what
> software is ON the system which is unused.  Doing a "minimal" install
> pretty much gives you a system which no one can use.  Doing the classic

I agree. I just did a minimal install last week, and had all *kinds* of
grief trying to get networking working.

> "server" install loads a lot of this junk which no one ever uses.  As
> someone opined on this list, "Why does CentOS install bluetooth
> packages???"   I don't want it on my server.  I'm trying to find out what
> the commonly UNUSED packages are so they can be removed.

Yup. For that matter, why would I want avahi running on a rackmount server
that's hardwired for gigabit ethernet? But you get that, too, with
> I randomly selected one package "pango" and found it had about 200
> dependencies and uninstalled it.  Lucky?  But I'm sure there are more.

There are indeed some packages that have a ridiculous set of dependencies.
I can't remember what it was - it's been months, but I wanted to install
some command line tool, and it wanted gnome installed.