Ticket #1088 (closed task: wontfix)

Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

Scan cluster machines for spurious packages

Reported by: geofft Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone: Precise Beta
Component: login chroot Keywords:
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:


Until #1074 was fixed, it was reasonably easy to unintentionally install packages outside the chroot. This should get scanned for and affected machines fixed somehow ... options include having auto-update and/or the recovery hook remove packages that clearly shouldn't be on the machine, running around and running "aptitude purge" outside the chroot, or running around and reinstalling machines.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by jdreed

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix

So, we kind of sucked at doing this, and we're about to re-install everything for Precise. I don't want to throw out a recovery hook just for this. I looked at a subset of cluster machines, and found the following additional packages installed on some of them (a total of 7 out of 130 were skewed): KDE (and its N dependencies), some gstreamer plugins, virtuoso (did some class require this?), chromium-browser

There are some false positives, in that some obsolete packages that should have been autoremoved (old kernels, the openoffice rename, nspluginwrapper, etc) are still on some machines, so it's hard to do this programmatically.

I'm going to decide that we wontfix this and should focus our efforts on #410 instead.

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