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Bug 87765 - Portage should store metadata to document package removal
Summary: Portage should store metadata to document package removal
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] Core system (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Portage team
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-04-03 04:50 UTC by Stuart Shelton
Modified: 2008-01-18 02:00 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Stuart Shelton 2005-04-03 04:50:34 UTC
Recently, there have been a number of packages installed on my system that have suddenly disappeared from the portage tree, such as dev-perl/Data-Dumper (now included with perl), x11-misc/lookingglass-bin (masked and no maintainer - but shouldn't this one be re-added?), sys-kernel/config-kernel (obselete?), gnome-extras/nautilus-media (no idea on this one...)

These are not packages where an updated version in a different SLOT are available - they've gone completely.  And the only way to find out why this is seems to be to dig through viewcvs on  Even then, the only reason I can find for nautilus-media is "remove nautilus-media" - not particularly helpful!

I propose that portage should keep a metadata file with brief details of any package removed from the Portage tree completely (so not including old versions where an upgrade exists, although possibly including when the last package in a given SLOT is removed), *and why*.

Not only would this make it much easier for users to see why their package has gone (and decide whether to unmerge), but it would also give us a much more obvious audit trail.

Comment 1 Marius Mauch (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-03 20:39:26 UTC
Hmm, maybe a "delete" command in the update files.
Comment 2 Jason Stubbs (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-11 07:44:23 UTC
I'm for this as well. "delete" in the updates wouldn't be enough for a description though. You'll need to bring this up on the as we can only go as far adding the support for it. The devs at large would have to actually (be required to) make use of it. Reopen when there's some backing.
Comment 3 Mark Loeser (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2008-01-18 02:00:13 UTC
Ignore this...I'm just cleaning up the QA "later" search (since I don't think we need to be on this bug)