How to stop yum/dnf from removing an unused dependency

Solution Verified - Updated -

Issue

  • When removing a package, yum also removes any dependencies not required by anything else
  • How to keep an "unused dependency"
# yum remove initial-setup-gui
Dependencies resolved.
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 Package                               Arch   Version          Repository  Size
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Removing:
 initial-setup-gui                     x86_64 0.3.62.1-1.el8   @AppStream  26 k
Removing unused dependencies:
<59 packages listed>
Transaction Summary
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Remove  60 Packages

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

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