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Re: APT gone nuts

On Du, 27 mar 11, 12:37:51, Michael Thompson wrote:
> I just re-installed debian from scratch, and ran a few installs via
> apt-get. All of a sudden, apt splurts this out
> Reading package lists...
> Building dependency tree...
> Reading state information...
> ssmtp is already the newest version.
> The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
> Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
> Most of them, even with my limited linux knowledge are fairly
> important. Why has apt started to ask to remove these packages, and
> how can I get apt to forget about them?

Whether those packages are needed or not only you can judge, since you 
said nothing about the purpose of your install. Anyway, you can tell apt 
to keep the ones you need with:

apt-get unmarkauto package-I-need

and use 'apt-get autoremove' to get rid of the rest. (Hint: most of the 
times, if you don't recognize it you don't *really* need it)

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