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Old 01-12-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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Remove Evolution - remove everything?!

I just installed the latest Lenny RC. After installation, I got rid of Evolution (evolution and evolution-common) since I never use it.

Now every time I run apt-get, it wants to autoremove a whole bunch of gnome packages, everything from gedit to gnome-themes to totem. About 30 packages in all.

Is there a way I can stop apt-get from wanting to autoremove all that?
Old 01-12-2009, 08:21 PM   #2
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I'm afraid you have the same problem as I have (but with another package)... For some obscure reason several useless packages which should have been optional are hardcoded in Gnome dependencies. As I understand it this lunacy comes from the Gnome team, not the Debian dev's.
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Oh dear.

Is there a way to tell apt-get NOT to autoremove a particular package?
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There is a way to keep a sertain verion of a package:


To keep wicd:

Package: wicd
Pin: version 1.5.6
Pin-Priority: 1001
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A much easier solution: after you remove one piece of a meta-package like that, enter this command
aptitude keep-all
It clears the "automatically-installed, now no-longer-wanted" flag from all the packages that apt-get is bugging you about.

Yet a different way around on it is not to depend on the meta-packages in the first place. Remove all of the overstuffed packages from gnome or gnome-desktop-environment, and then explicitly install just gnome-core (for the base system libraries) and the applications that you really want. After that, whenever you realize you are missing something that you had and want again, install it explicitly. That way you have a more minimal set of Gnome packages.


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