Remove orphaned packages on CentOS


Discover how to remove orphaned packages on CentOS Linux in this detailed tutorial. Orphaned packages, which are remnants not needed for package dependencies, can clutter your system.

Learn the step-by-step process to clean up these unnecessary files effectively, enhancing your CentOS system’s performance and reliability. Orphaned packages are all packages that no longer serve the purpose of package dependencies.

Remove orphaned packages on CentOS

List of Orphaned Packages

Use the package-cleanup command below

[root@centos7 ~]# package-cleanup --leaves
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror

Remove Orphaned Packages

Now, we remove Orphaned packages using the yum remove command to remove the entire list:

yum remove `package-cleanup --leaves`

The output terminal is as below:

[root@centos7 ~]# yum remove `package-cleanup --leaves`
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
No Match for argument: Loaded
No Match for argument: plugins:
No Match for argument: fastestmirror
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package cryptsetup-libs.x86_64 0:1.7.4-3.el7_4.1 will be erased
---> Package libicu.x86_64 0:50.2-4.el7_7 will be erased
---> Package libicu62.x86_64 0:62.2-1.el7.remi will be erased
---> Package libmemcached.x86_64 0:1.0.16-5.el7 will be erased
---> Package libsysfs.x86_64 0:2.1.0-16.el7 will be erased
---> Package libtool-ltdl.x86_64 0:2.4.2-22.el7_3 will be erased
---> Package libunwind.x86_64 2:1.2-2.el7 will be erased
---> Package libuv.x86_64 1:1.40.0-1.el7 will be erased
---> Package libwebp.x86_64 0:0.3.0-7.el7 will be erased
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                                              Arch                                        Version                                                Repository                                      Size
 cryptsetup-libs                                      x86_64                                      1.7.4-3.el7_4.1                                        @updates                                       947 k
 libicu                                               x86_64                                      50.2-4.el7_7                                           @updates                                        24 M
 libicu62                                             x86_64                                      62.2-1.el7.remi                                        installed                                       31 M
 libmemcached                                         x86_64                                      1.0.16-5.el7                                           @base                                          677 k
 libsysfs                                             x86_64                                      2.1.0-16.el7                                           @anaconda                                      146 k
 libtool-ltdl                                         x86_64                                      2.4.2-22.el7_3                                         @base                                           66 k
 libunwind                                            x86_64                                      2:1.2-2.el7                                            @base                                          150 k
 libuv                                                x86_64                                      1:1.40.0-1.el7                                         @epel                                          378 k
 libwebp                                              x86_64                                      0.3.0-7.el7                                            @base                                          371 k

Transaction Summary
Remove  9 Packages

Installed size: 57 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading packages:
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Erasing    : libmemcached-1.0.16-5.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                           1/9
  Erasing    : 2:libunwind-1.2-2.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                               2/9
  Erasing    : 1:libuv-1.40.0-1.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                3/9
  Erasing    : libicu-50.2-4.el7_7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                 4/9
  Erasing    : libtool-ltdl-2.4.2-22.el7_3.x86_64                                                                                                                                                         5/9
  Erasing    : libicu62-62.2-1.el7.remi.x86_64                                                                                                                                                            6/9
  Erasing    : libsysfs-2.1.0-16.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                               7/9
  Erasing    : cryptsetup-libs-1.7.4-3.el7_4.1.x86_64                                                                                                                                                     8/9
  Erasing    : libwebp-0.3.0-7.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                 9/9
  Verifying  : libwebp-0.3.0-7.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                 1/9
  Verifying  : cryptsetup-libs-1.7.4-3.el7_4.1.x86_64                                                                                                                                                     2/9
  Verifying  : libsysfs-2.1.0-16.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                               3/9
  Verifying  : libicu62-62.2-1.el7.remi.x86_64                                                                                                                                                            4/9
  Verifying  : libtool-ltdl-2.4.2-22.el7_3.x86_64                                                                                                                                                         5/9
  Verifying  : libicu-50.2-4.el7_7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                 6/9
  Verifying  : 1:libuv-1.40.0-1.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                                7/9
  Verifying  : 2:libunwind-1.2-2.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                               8/9
  Verifying  : libmemcached-1.0.16-5.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                                                           9/9

  cryptsetup-libs.x86_64 0:1.7.4-3.el7_4.1        libicu.x86_64 0:50.2-4.el7_7        libicu62.x86_64 0:62.2-1.el7.remi        libmemcached.x86_64 0:1.0.16-5.el7        libsysfs.x86_64 0:2.1.0-16.el7
  libtool-ltdl.x86_64 0:2.4.2-22.el7_3            libunwind.x86_64 2:1.2-2.el7        libuv.x86_64 1:1.40.0-1.el7              libwebp.x86_64 0:0.3.0-7.el7

[root@centos7 ~]#


Remove orphaned packages from CentOS systems is an essential step in maintaining the efficiency and stability of your server. Orphaned packages are remnants left behind after uninstalling software that no longer serve any functional purpose. By eliminating these unnecessary files, you can optimize system performance and prevent potential conflicts. This guide on DevopsRoles aims to assist you in cleaning up your CentOS installation effectively. We hope you find these instructions beneficial. Thank you for choosing DevopsRoles for your technological needs and for trusting us with your system optimization tasks. Your continued support inspires us to provide helpful and practical content.

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