ubuntu-xxx dependencies & group assignment for sound & co

Adrian Gschwend adrian.gschwend at bfh.ch
Thu Mar 31 10:13:15 CST 2005

On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 16:31:36 +0100, Eamonn Sullivan wrote:

> Is there enough space to install all and then do a big apt-get remove,
> in a script? ubuntu-base, ubuntu-desktop, etc. are metapackages that
> are safe to remove if you are using a stable release. My understanding
> is that you'd only run into problems when you do a dist-upgrade to the
> next release (since the contents of the metapackages may change). But
> in a university environment, you'd most likely just wipe and reinstall
> from scratch, so that shouldn't be a problem.

yes we would have enough space for an initial install. I talked to another
guy as well which knows Debian quite good, he told me that if I do a dpkg
--purge even a dist-upgrade will not reinstall it. If this is the case I
can live with that, even if I would appreciate that the ubuntu-base
package would install a bit less by default :)

The thing is that even if we are a university I would like to avoid
reinstalling the install server each time we have an upgrade. This is one
of the major drawback of the current distro we have :)

After all I'm the BOfH here and I'm lazy by design ;)


Adrian Gschwend
System Administrator
Berne University of Applied Sciences
Biel, Switzerland

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