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Re: Removing firefox-esr also removes gnome


On Mon, Nov 05, 2018 at 11:55:48AM -0500, David Parker wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm running Debian 9.5 (amd64) and attempting to uninstall firefox-esr.
> However, apt says that gnome and gnome-core are among the packages which
> will also be uninstalled.  Does anyone know why Gnome apparently depends on
> firefox-esr, and how I can just uninstall firefox-esr and leave Gnome alone?

Both packages are metapackages that do not provide any contents but only
dependencies to other packages.

$ apt-cache show gnome | grep Section
Section: metapackages
$ apt-cache show gnome-core | grep Section
Section: metapackages

Seeing this Depends in gnome-core:

Depends: ...firefox-esr (>= 30) | firefox (>= 30) | chromium...

I suggest you to install chromium first if you value gnome-core for some


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