The purpose would be to have the equivalent of Ubuntu's "apt-get autoremove" functionality.
When you install package P, it might draw in dependancies D1, D2, ... Dn automatically.
When you later uninstall P, the dependancies D1, D2, ..., Dn might remain on your system.
If you keep installing and uninstalling packages, after a while your system remains cluttered with things you don't need.
The idea would be to mark all dependancies that were installed but not explicitely requested as "installed automatically". Then a command like "zypper autoremove" could remove them at once if they are not needed anymore.
Sorry in advance if this is already possible - I did not find.
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