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Re: Package removal dependencies



On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Scott Ferguson <prettyfly.productions@gmail.com> wrote:
On 31/08/11 21:02, Bruno Martins wrote:
Hello guys.

Is there any way to avoid this? Imagine that I simply want to remove the
evolution package.

root@sputnik:/home/joe# apt-get remove evolution
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree������
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer
required:

<snipped>


sound-juicer libmusicbrainz3-6
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.

Don't worry about the autoremove stuff (unless you actually want to remove those packages - they'll still function)


The following packages will be REMOVED:
� evolution evolution-exchange gnome gnome-accessibility gnome-core
gnome-desktop-environment

gnome is a meta package that pulls in evolution - which is why removing evolution removes gnome(meta-gnome-2).

I'd go ahead with the removal - but I'd log out of the desktop first and use a console login from gdm as root.

I'm assuming that your original packages are still in /var/cache/apt/archives

After:-
# apt-get remove evolution
# apt-get -s install gnome-desktop-environment | less
and make sure gnome-core is going to be installed - add in gnome-accessibility if you want. If everything looks ok and evolution is not being reinstalled remove the -s and run the install. You might want to add your desired mua to the start of the list of packages being installed (before gnome-desktop-environment).

Also consider:-
# apt-get -s remove evolution > /root/remove_evolution
so that you've got a reference in case you have problems building your custom gnome.
This will show you dependencies and suggested packages:-
http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/gnome

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This doesn't happen on Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu,
neither in Fedora.

apropos of what? (and you are mistaken about Ubuntu)


Best regards,

Bruno Martins


Cheers

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Hello mate.

Thanks for your quick response.

So, to avoid this dependency "problems" in the future, I should make a clean installation of Debian, without GNOME, and then install the GNOME packages, like 'gnome-desktop-environment', etc?

This should make it easier to install only what's needed.

Best regards,

Bruno Martins

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