Change what is considered by apt-get as major amount of disk space

John Moser john.r.moser at
Wed Mar 25 13:08:14 UTC 2015

You want apt-get to go from

	This will take 9,205kB disk space.
	Continue? [Y/n]


	Continue? [Y/n]


That's pointless.  That would create multiple layouts, requiring me to
assess what the output format is before reading the information from it.
 It would slow down my assessment of what Apt is telling me, because the
information would be in a different format.

You may as well randomly scramble the menu order on Firefox while you're
at it.

On 03/25/2015 09:06 AM, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
> No, I want to stop apt-get from asking dumb questions. Asking
> whatever it is OK to use 1/25000 of disk is a dumb question that
> should not be asked.
> At the same time it makes sense to ask for confirmation about
> installing 2GB of new programs, so -y is not a proper solution in
> that case (also, I mentioned "I know that I can use parameters
> (with aliases or apt.conf I can even make it permanent) to
> completely skip this check.").
> 2015-03-25 13:47 GMT+01:00 John Moser <john.r.moser at
> <mailto:john.r.moser at>>:
>     Why?
>     On multiple CentOS systems installed from the same CD using the same
>     parameters, yum will either list updates and ask Y/n or just
>     update/install stuff without confirmation; this irritates me, because
>     sometimes I see updates I want to run in a separate batch for risk
>     management, or I see that a kernel update is going to add 15MB to /boot
>     which has 9MB free and I need to uninstall old kernels.
>     apt is going to ask me whether to continue or not anyway; if I don't
>     want to be asked, I'll use apt-get -y.  It may as well be informative
>     about it, listing all packages to be installed, removed, and updated, as
>     well as the disk space impact.
>     What do you want apt to say instead?  "After this operation, some voodoo
>     will happen that you don't need to worry about!  Continue?  [Y/n]"
>     On 03/25/2015 08:42 AM, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
>     > apt-get will ask user about using significant amounts of disk space
>     >
>     > but it seems that what is considered as significant needs adjustment,
>     > for me "major amount of disk space" is about 200MB but apt-get
>     will ask
>     > questions like "After this operation, 9805 kB of additional disk space
>     > will be
>     > used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n]".
>     >
>     > I propose increasing this threshold to 50MB.
>     >
>     > I know that I can use parameters (with aliases or apt.conf I can even
>     > make it
>     > permanent) to completely skip this check.
>     >
>     > I am not aware about any way that allows user to configure this
>     threshold
>     > (see
>     >
>     > ).
>     >
>     > Note: i was directed to this mailing list by
>     >
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>     >
>     >
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