Removing single program from multi program packages

Derek Broughton derek at
Tue Mar 24 16:56:14 UTC 2009

Martin Soto wrote:

> On Mon, 2009-03-23 at 11:55 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
> ...
>> While I don't know how this _could_ be done, I agree that there are good
>> reasons why it _should_.  My particular pet peeve are the screensaver
>> packages, where there are some screensavers that I want removed because
>> they don't actually hide the screen.  Unlike your game example, this
>> isn't even something that can be handled by editing the menus, you have
>> to physically remove the program.
> On the other hand, this sounds like something that could actually be a
> security issue for some people, and that may have to be addressed by the
> package maintainer by, for example, splitting the package.

Oh, dear.  I thought I'd submitted this as a bug quite some time ago, but I
can't see any sign of it, so I guess I'll just do it again (... or for the
first time).

> Still, this 
> doesn't mean that Ubuntu requires a general mechanism for cherry-picking
> files from an installed package. Ubuntu's (and Debian's) package system
> is already quite complex, and, being the core piece of infrastructure it
> is, you don't want to mess with it unless it is really necessary.

No, I don't think it does, but it does demonstrate that there are instances
where you might want to remove programs but can't just remove a menu entry.  

Of course, you can't stop the employees from playing FreeCell by removing
the menu entries, either :-)

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