Bug#476075: closed by Osamu Aoki <firstname.lastname@example.org> (apt-get removes as instructed. Not a bug)
Then may I propose you to integrate the following patch (to be corrected
if I am wrong) to the manual page apt-get.8?
--- apt-get.8.orig 2008-05-01 15:20:11.000000000 +0200
+++ apt-get.8 2008-05-01 15:15:55.000000000 +0200
@@ -100,7 +100,9 @@
is identical to
-except that packages are removed instead of installed\. If a plus sign
is appended to the package name (with no intervening space), the
identified package will be installed instead of removed\.
+except that packages are removed instead of installed\. This is a very
dangerous option, as not only the packages specified, but also their
dependencies are removed, and without prompting. Please simulate the
execution with the \fB\-s\fR option before executing it!
+If a plus sign is appended to the package name (with no intervening
space), the identified package will be installed instead of removed\.
(Sorry for the new lines added by icedove, please remove them to obtain
Finally, in fact, I do not understand the algorithm. For ex., when I
execute apt-get -s remove ^openof.*, why aspell is removed, but
ttf-opensymbol not? I have both on my system.
What does it mean "identical to install except that packages are
removed"? I know that installing means "install them and all their
currently uninstalled dependencies, recursively". Does remove means
"remove them and all its dependencies, and recursively all the
dependencies of dependencies"?
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#476075: apt-get remove open* removes almost (or all) the packages without asking permission!!
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apt-get removes as instructed. Not a bug
Osamu Aoki <email@example.com>
Thu, 1 May 2008 21:36:58 +0900
This is how we expect this command to behave.
The original bug submitter may not got Bcced so here is URL:
This is expected behavior so I think it is best closed.
You can remove quite bit more with
sudo apt-get -s remove '*'