APT feature request?
Not sure whether direct email is the right way to suggest features
for APT, but it would be great if "apt-get remove" had an option to also
remove any packages which are required by the package I'm removing, but not
For instance, if I wanted to xhost Firefox from one of my headless
boxes over to a computer with a monitor on it, I'd need to install Firefox.
But there's no x11 system installed on the headless box, so there's a lot of
crap to go with Firefox:
The following extra packages will be installed:
fontconfig libatk1.0-0 libfontconfig1 libfreetype6 libglib2.0-0 libgtk2.0-0
libgtk2.0-bin libgtk2.0-common libidl0 libjpeg62 libpango1.0-0
libpango1.0-common libtiff4 libxcursor1 libxft2 libxi6 libxp6 libxrandr2
...but I might be willing to load all that stuff on.
If, after my xhosting is over, I want to remove Firefox, it'd be
great to run "apt-get remove --clutter mozilla-firefox" to remove all the
"clutter," or stuff that I only need for Firefox. I would then be asked if I
also wanted to remove all the junk, and if there was something I wanted to
keep, I'd at least have a list of all the "clutter" so I could remove it
directly with "apt-get remove".
To do this currently requires me to check the Debian packages page,
see what Firefox requires, and then attempt to remove each item individually
so I can test whether I have anything else installed that depends on the
Thanks for your time in reading this email,