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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:33 am    Post subject: Why does "emerge -ua world" want to install gnome? Reply with quote

I'm converting a box into a smart firewall for a complicated home network. I haven't used this box in a while, and almost every package on it needs to be updated. I don't want to waste time recompiling things that this box doesn't need, such as Gnome.

I've "emerge -c"-ed all installed gnome-* packages, and gtk packages also, for good measure. I've added "-gnome -gtk -gtk2" to the "USE" line in /etc/make.conf. "emerge --info" no longer reports either gnome or gtk/gtk2. Yet still "emerge --pretend --update --deep --newuse world" claims that it wants to install a bunch of gnome-base packages.

Why!?! What am I missing? I've wasted far more time trying to figure out why Gnome is being seen as a dependency than it would have taken to recompile everything, but that's not the point; it's the principle of the thing. A headless server does not need a desktop on it, and I should in principle be able to get this box to the point where "emerge -ua world" doesn't try to build one!

I'm currently resyncing with an /etc/portage/rsync_excludes file that contains "gnome-*/" to see if getting rid of the ebuilds will cause emerge to tell me who or why gnome is being called for.

Help... I'm just a simple device driver guy who feels like he's drowning in a sea of application details!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try running "emerge --depclean --pretend world" after "emerge --newuse world" to see if there are any leftover dependencies.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try "emerge --update --deep --world --newuse --tree --verbose". The tree will show which packages are dependences of others and verbose shows the USE flags set for that particualar package.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! a net-utils package called "etherape" was dragging in gnome. "emerge --update ..." is now chugging along, gnome free! All is bliss.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Desktop Environments to Duplicate Threads in favour of GF8: Why is <y> getting pulled in when I emerge <x>?
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