I was running a system update when I noticed a couple of weird
xorg-x11-drv-* packages were installed on my system. Knowing that
Wayland is the defacto display driver for Gnome on Fedora, I couldn’t imagine how they got there.
I figured that I may have accidentally installed them when I installed
akmod-nvidia for my intel + nvidia hybrid GPU (which should only require
xorg-x11-drv-intel|nvidia) but if I run a history check it doesn’t make much sense.
dnf hist --installed | grep xorg-x11:
xorg-x11-drv-amdgpu.x86_64 21.0.0-1.fc34 @updates xorg-x11-drv-ati.x86_64 19.1.0-5.fc34 @anaconda // Lots of other probably OK drivers
This was a bad example, sorry
I tried to use
rpm -qi xorg-x11-drv-amdgpu and got an install date that precedes my entire installation. My Fedora 34 is not even a week old yet. The date is April, 2021:
Please refer to Strange x11 dependencies that I don't remember installing - #4 by trevdev
name : xorg-x11-drv-amdgpu Install Date: Fri 13 Aug 2021 12:43:13 AM PDT <-- What?
dnf rq --whatdepends/--whatrequires xorg-x11-drv-amdgpu and get 0 results.
Maybe this was part of the live disk image installation in an attempt to make sure hardware support was covered? I wish I had paid more attention to the dependencies I installed with the 46 modest dnf changes I made in the last 4 days.
sudo dnf autoremove does not bring up these drivers, so I’m thinking they were explicitly installed somehow or are ambiguous dependencies.
I’m wondering if it’s safe to remove these drivers or if I should leave things well enough alone? If anyone has any tips on how to gumshoe how/when they all got installed so I can find/prune other accidental, unneeded packages I’d appreciate it.