Removing single program from multi program packages

Chris Coulson chrisccoulson at
Mon Mar 23 12:35:26 UTC 2009

2009/3/23 Mike Jones <eternalorb at>

> Right. My intention was to say "Why in the world do I have this restriction
> on what I can and cannot have on my system?"
> Overall it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but in this
> specific case, it bothers me that I'm incapable of completely removing
> freecell while leaving the other gnome-desktop default games as they are.
> -Mike


The package manager only allows you to manage individulal packages. The
Freecell source code is shipped in the same tarball as the other default
Gnome games, and they are all subsequently packaged in to one binary deb
package. This is why you can't remove individual games from your system.
Whilst it may be technically possible to split the games in to multiple
binary deb packages (allowing you to remove individual games), this would
significantly increase the effort required for a developer to maintain this
package, all for minimum to zero gain.

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