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Question on dselect

I did an apt-get yesterday and somehow, other than the packages that I specified, many other unrelated packages are selected as well.

Specifically, I have upgraded my xine-ui (by executing apt-get -t testing xine-ui). That's done and all is good. But when I go to dselect, I find that many packages were flagged to be removed and installed. See below. 2 questions:

1.  Is this normal behaviour?

2. How can I tell dselect "I do not want any actions to be taken on these packages". Of course, one way is to go to every single package and 'hold'. Is there a more efficient way?

Thanks in advance.


The following packages will be REMOVED:
abiword-gtk autoconf2.13 automake console-tools-libs kdebase kdebase-libs kdelibs3 kdelibs3-bin kdewallpapers kontour libfam0 libkdenetwork1 libkonq3 liblcms libmagick5 libpspell-ispell1 libpspell4 libpth14 libvorbis0 xine-ui

The following NEW packages will be installed:
abiword-help aptitude aspell-en automake1.8 bc bonobo-activation coreutils cpp-3.2 cpp-3.3 debconf-i18n desktop-base dictionaries-common docbook-dsssl dosfstools dselect e2fslibs efax efibootmgr elilo fam fontconfig g++-3.3 gcc-3.2-base gcc-3.3 gcc-3.3-base gconf2 gedit gnome-desktop-data gnome-doc-tools gnome-icon-theme gnome-vfs-extras2 gnu-efi gtkglarea5 gv hotplug html2ps imlib11 initscripts jade karbon kcontrol kdebase-bin kdebase-data kdebase-kio-plugins kdelibs-bin kdelibs-data kdelibs4 kdeprint kdesktop khelpcenter kicker klipper kmenuedit koffice-data konqueror-nsplugins kpersonalizer ksmserver ksplash ktip kwin lesstif2 libacl1 libaiksaurus-data libaiksaurus0c102 libaiksaurusgtk0c102 libapm1 libart-2.0-2 libarts1 libartsc0 libaspell15 libatk1.0-0 libatk1.0-data libattr1 libaudio2 libblkid1 libbonobo-activation4 libbonobo2-0 libbonobo2-common libbonoboui2-0 libbonoboui2-common libcomerr2 libconsole libdb4.0 libdb4.1 libdb4.2 libdns11 libeel2-2 libeel2-data libenchant1 libexif9 libfam0c102 libflac4 libfont-afm-perl libfontconfig1 libfribidi0 libft-perl libgail-common libgail17 libgal23 libgc1 libgconf2-4 libgcrypt1 libgcrypt7 libgdbm3 libglade2-0 libglib2.0-0 libglib2.0-data libgnome2-0 libgnome2-common libgnomecanvas2-0 libgnomecanvas2-common libgnomeprint2.2-0 libgnomeprint2.2-data libgnomeprintui2.2-0 libgnomeprintui2.2-common libgnomeui-0 libgnomeui-common libgnomevfs2-0 libgnomevfs2-common libgnutls10 libgnutls5 libgnutls7 libgpg-error0 libgphoto2-2 libgphoto2-port0 libgsf-1 libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-common libgtkhtml2-0 libgtksourceview-common libgtksourceview1.0-0 libgtop2 libgucharmap3 libhtml-format-perl libhtml-parser-perl libhtml-tagset-perl libhtml-tree-perl libid3-3.8.3 libidl0 libidn11 libidn9 libieee1284-3 libisc7 libkdenetwork2 libkonq4 libkrb53 libkregexpeditor libkscan1 liblcms1 liblinc1 liblocale-gettext-perl liblzo1 libmad0 libmagic1 libmagick5.5.7 libmailtools-perl libmetacity0 libncursesw5 libnetpbm10 libnewt0.51 liboggflac1 libopencdk4 libopencdk8 liborbit2 libots0 libpango1.0-0 libpango1.0-common libpaper-utils libpaper1 libpcap0.7 libpng10-0 libpq3 libpsiconv5 libpth2 libqt3c102-mt librsvg2-2 librsvg2-common libsasl2 libsasl2-modules libsigc++-1.2-5c102 libsmbclient libsp1 libss2 libstartup-notification0 libstdc++5 libstdc++5-3.3-dev libtasn1-0 libtasn1-2 libtext-charwidth-perl libtext-iconv-perl libtext-wrapi18n-perl libtextwrap1 libtimedate-perl liburi-perl libuuid1 libvorbis0a libvorbisenc2 libvorbisfile3 libvte-common libvte4 libwmf0.2-7 libwnck-common libwnck4 libwpd4 libwv2-1 libwvstreams3-base libwww-perl libwww0 libxcursor1 libxft2 libxrender1 libxslt1.1 logrotate mailx metacity mtools netpbm perlmagick poster powermgmt-base python2.3 python2.3-dev python2.3-doc python2.3-examples python2.3-extclass python2.3-gadfly python2.3-iconvcodec python2.3-kjbuckets python2.3-mpz python2.3-tk python2.3-xml sane-utils slang1a-utf8 symlinks sysv-rc t1lib1 tcl8.4 tetex-doc tix8.1 tk8.4 ucf usbutils wamerican wbritish wdiff weblint xaw3dg xfonts-konsole xlibmesa3-gl xlibmesa3-glu xml-core xprt-common
398 packages upgraded, 252 newly installed, 20 to remove and 1  not upgraded.
1 packages not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 366MB of archives. After unpacking 413MB will be used.

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