I am considering using LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL for CentOS 7. Since this machine will be very limited in what services it runs, I wondered whether OpenSSL could be removed entirely.

#> rpm -qa | grep ssl

Okay, so try

#> rpm -q --whatrequires openssl-libs-1.0.1e-42.el7.9.x86_64
no package requires openssl-libs-1.0.1e-42.el7.9.x86_64
#> rpm -q --whatrequires openssl-1.0.1e-42.el7.9.x86_64
no package requires openssl-1.0.1e-42.el7.9.x86_64


#> sudo yum remove openssl-libs-1.0.1e-42.el7.9.x86_64

This gives lots of lines such as this:

--> Processing Dependency: perl(IPC::Cmd) >= 0.42 for package: perl-File-Fetch-0.42-2.el7.noarch
--> Running transaction check
---> Package perl-File-Fetch.noarch 0:0.42-2.el7 will be erased

etc ad nauseum, then

Error: Trying to remove "systemd", which is protected
Error: Trying to remove "yum", which is protected

I wasn't expecting removing OpenSSL to happen without complaint, but why does rpm -q --whatrequires fail to report these depenencies?

How do I list all packages which require, directly or indirectly, a given package?

By this I mean: if package X were to be removed, and package/file Y will be removed if X is removed, and package Z depends on Y, how do I list all such Z for any given X?

  • I wonder if you ever tried rpm -q --whatrequires openssl, i.e. specifying a "capability" instead of a package name that includes a version number. rpm -q --whatrequires is intended to be used with a capabillty.
    – Tsundoku
    Sep 22, 2020 at 9:46

2 Answers 2


As already mentioned other packages may require files or something else from the "provides" list of the package:

rpm -q --list openssl openssl-libs
rpm -q --provides openssl openssl-libs

To see whether there are some "whatrequires" (not all):

rpm -e --test openssl openssl-libs

To list all is IMO not directly possible with rpm but in yum case (untested):

yes "N" | yum remove openssl openssl-libs


yum deplist openssl openssl-libs


repoquery --alldeps --whatrequires openssl openssl-libs

that just means nobody explicitly asks for that package to be installed; but some packages can depend on files installed by those packages. For example on my machine; nobody depends on the package; but some depend on the library provided by the package:

$ rpm -q libopenssl1_0_0-32bit
libopenssl1_0_0-32bit-1.0.1i-18.1.x86_64 # whence this package is installed
$ rpm -q --whatrequires libopenssl1_0_0-32bit
no package requires libopenssl1_0_0-32bit
$ rpm -ql libopenssl1_0_0-32bit
$ rpm -q --whatrequires libssl.so.1.0.0

EDIT due to edited question:

you can use rpm -e --test to find out which are those rpms. With some bash processing you can get a clean list:

$ rpm -e --test libopenssl1_0_0-32bit 2>&1 | grep needed | awk '{print $6}' | sort | uniq
  • Thanks. So how do I list dependencies of all files contained in a package? Question edited.
    – spraff
    Oct 12, 2016 at 14:47
  • edited my answer
    – Chris Maes
    Oct 12, 2016 at 16:27

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