Impact of removing ubuntu-server metapackage

Matthew Smith mgsmith at
Thu Aug 19 22:06:22 UTC 2021


I have a handful of applications that will run on a ubuntu 20.04 server
install. I want to be able to manage core files that could be generated if
any of those applications crash using systemd-coredump. I noticed that when
I install systemd-coredump, it removes apport and ubuntu-server. Both
systemd-coredump and apport provide "core-dump-handler" so systemd-coredump
and apport have a conflict which results in apport being removed. Since
ubuntu-server has a dependency on apport it's removed when apport is

The description of ubuntu-server says:

 This package depends on all of the packages in the Ubuntu Server system
 It is also used to help ensure proper upgrades, so it is recommended
that it not be removed.

I am wondering exactly how ubuntu-server is related to ensuring proper
upgrades. If I choose to use systemd-coredump and ubuntu-server gets
removed as a side effect, will that cause trouble if I want to upgrade or
dist-upgrade at some point in the future?

-Matt Smith
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