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Old 05-27-2020, 08:22 AM   #1
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Deb. Testing & appmenu-gtk2-module, easy to deinstall if useless?

Sorry for this rather arcane question.
I am upgrading my system with a beautiful Lenovo Thinkpad P53 with the latest Debian-testing, Xfce version, and I hit a problem when re-installing two softwares that are very helpful for me, Readerware and VueScan.

The thing is curious : upon startup, there is an enormous wait time of 25~30s, then everything starts normally and the behavior is perfect from then on.
With Readerware we converged to the fact it is related to the GKT+ look and feel, and as one can select other looks, I just did that and practicaly this is solved.
I don't have the same option with VueScan (I just initiated the discussion with his brilliant but single-man author), but I stumbled upon this discussion , where a module named appmenu-gtk2-module is proposed apparently as a workaround for this behavior.
(its intro says :
Many applications implement menus as GtkMenuShells and GtkMenuItems andaren't looking to migrate to the newer GMenuModel API.The AppMenu GTK+ module watches for these types of menus and exports theappropriate GMenuModel implementation.)

So here is my question : I am a basic end-user. I am considering installing this extra module through Synaptic.
If this does not solve anything, will it be easy for me to remove it, just by pointing it in Synaptic and selecting 'remove', or would the removal be more difficult, leaving my system in a poorer state, etc?

Thank you!!

Last edited by Herve5; 05-27-2020 at 08:24 AM.
Old 05-27-2020, 09:57 AM   #2
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This is what apt-cache depends appmenu-gtk2-module on Ubuntu 20.04 shows me:
  Depends: libappmenu-gtk2-parser0
  Depends: libc6
  Depends: libglib2.0-0
  Depends: appmenu-gtk-module-common
  Conflicts: <appmenu-gtk>
  Replaces: <appmenu-gtk>
The output of apt-rdepends -p --state-{show,follow}=NotInstalled appmenu-gtk2-module (this is obviously for my system, you should try it yourself to see what would be installed as dependencies):
  Depends: appmenu-gtk-module-common (>= 0.7.3-2) [NotInstalled]
  Depends: libappmenu-gtk2-parser0 (>= 0.7.3-2) [NotInstalled]
  Depends: gsettings-backend [NotInstalled]
And apt -s install appmenu-gtk2-module (you should also try it yourself on your system):
NOTE: This is only a simulation!
      apt needs root privileges for real execution.
      Keep also in mind that locking is deactivated,
      so don't depend on the relevance to the real current situation!
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  appmenu-gtk-module-common libappmenu-gtk2-parser0
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  appmenu-gtk-module-common appmenu-gtk2-module libappmenu-gtk2-parser0
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Inst appmenu-gtk-module-common (0.7.3-2 Ubuntu:20.04/focal [all])
Inst libappmenu-gtk2-parser0 (0.7.3-2 Ubuntu:20.04/focal [amd64])
Inst appmenu-gtk2-module (0.7.3-2 Ubuntu:20.04/focal [amd64])
Conf appmenu-gtk-module-common (0.7.3-2 Ubuntu:20.04/focal [all])
Conf libappmenu-gtk2-parser0 (0.7.3-2 Ubuntu:20.04/focal [amd64])
Conf appmenu-gtk2-module (0.7.3-2 Ubuntu:20.04/focal [amd64])
So, two depending packages that can be easily uninstalled later with sudo apt autoremove. I don't see anything problematic here.
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Old 05-27-2020, 11:22 AM   #3
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Thank you very much shruggy!
I'll try this. I strongly appreciate this simulation you did for me!
[edit] I did it, but unfortunately it didn't solve that initial lag issue. So, thanks to you, I was able to remove my attempt cleanly. Thank you again!

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