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Re: apt-get autoremove


Please accept my apologies for cc'ing your message to the list, but you provided a good undo for my problem.  Others browsing the archives/google should see this if running apt-get autoremove disables the GUI.

# apt-get install gnome

brought back the essentials I needed back.  Whatever else that is gone, I can install when the need arises.

It suggested me to autoremove everytime I installed a new package.  I didn't have screen running when I executed apt-get autoremove, so I didn't have a typescript of the episode.

I will look into text-based screenshot tools.  It's sort of the thing I should know about, and don't.  Anybody who has suggestions can send me an e-mail off list.

Thanks you very much for you help.  Having my computer boot to the shell was a back-in-time trip.  I was about to pop in an old Madonna cassette tape into my boombox and pretend it was 1989.  The bsdgames package would have completed the ambiance.  Oh, I can go on and on; it was quite funny actually.

--- On Mon, 10/5/09, Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:

> From: Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca>
> Subject: Re: apt-get autoremove
> To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> Date: Monday, October 5, 2009, 10:17 AM
> > I installed the AMD64 Debian on
> my AMD64 box (emachines T6520 by the
> > way).  Ever since the time I installed it,
> everytime I ran apt-get,
> > I was given a couple screenfulls of package names that
> were no longer
> > needed and could be removed by apt-get autoremove and
> 512M of disk
> > space would be freed.
> Did you check these screenfuls to see if they contained
> some
> applications you like to use?
> > I sort of feel stupid about taking it's advice. 
> It does appear I will
> > have to reinstall Debian because of it.  (I
> thought Debian stable was
> > stable because it didn't have such serious problems as
> this.
> > Granted it didn't freeze up with an Amiga-style
> fireworks display, but
> > I still wish I had known what was going to happen.)
> My guess is that somehow some install you did in the past
> ended up
> removing the `gnome' metapackage (which doesn't itself hold
> any files),
> so that most of your desktop environment became
> "non-requested" and
> hence candidate for autoremove-deletion.
> Try "aptitude install gnome".
>         Stefan
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