Sunday, 19 February 2006 13:29, Rob Blomquist wrote: > The following packages are unused and will be REMOVED: > amor eyesapplet fifteenapplet kdetoys kmoon kodo kteatime ktux > kweather kworldclock xmms Those packages are marked as automatically installed, which implies you did not manually install them, but you only wanted them because they fulfilled a dependency. Because nothing else on the system depends on them, they are selected for removal. In most cases, this is a good thing, because it means that, for example, shared libraries used by a single program will be removed when you remove that program or when an updated version of the program no longer depends on it. Having less unused software is good security practice and saves space. For some reason, packages that you do actively want have become marked as automatically installed (perhaps you installed them using something other than aptitude; it is inadvisable to use other package management tools alongside aptitude). You can correct this by issuing: # aptitude unmarkauto amor eyesapplet fifteenapplet kdetoys kmoon kodo \ kteatime ktux kweather kworldclock xmms See "markauto, unmarkauto" in the Command-Line Actions section of man 8 aptitude, and "Managing automatically installed packages" in /usr/share/doc/aptitude/README for more information. > How can I stop that from running? I don't want any packages removed > from my system unless I say so. Twice now I have used the aptitude > GUI, and deleted big chunks of my system that I had to reinstall. From /usr/share/doc/aptitude/README: ... Configuration file format In its basic form, aptitude's configuration file is a list of options and their values. Each line of the file should have the form ``Option Value;'': for instance, the following line in the configuration file sets the option Aptitude::Theme to ``Dselect''. Aptitude::Theme "Dselect"; ... aptitude's configuration is read from the following sources, in order: ... 2. The system configuration file, /etc/apt/apt.conf. ... Option:Aptitude::Delete-Unused Default:true Description: If this option is true, automatically installed packages which are no longer required will be automatically removed. For more information, see the section called ``Managing automatically installed packages''. ... (end) So the answer to your question is to put this in your /etc/apt/apt.conf: Option:Aptitude::Delete-Unused "false"; > Consequently, I am now staying away from that GUI and am running it > from the CL. I personally find that aptitude's GUI is incomprehensible, but that it is far superior to apt-get on the command-line, partly because it does remove unused cruft (but also because the resolver is better). -- Alex Nordstrom http://lx.n3.net/ Please do not CC me in followups; I am subscribed to debian-user.
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