gnome-screensaver - inappropriate for inclusion in breezy

Marius Gedminas marius at
Wed Sep 21 02:49:48 CDT 2005

On Tue, Sep 20, 2005 at 10:52:59PM +0200, Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-09-20 at 16:15 -0400, SickTwist wrote:
> > 
> > If you install xscreensaver, gnome-screensaver and the ubuntu-desktop
> > metapackage are the only things removed. This does not effect anything
> > else. 
> Not correct here (upgraded from a fresh hoary install to breezy months
> ago). Lots of stuff is automatically installed by ubuntu-desktop and
> gets removed when ubuntu-desktop gets removed:
> mario at phonic: ~ $ sudo aptitude install xscreensaver
> Password:
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree... Done
> Reading extended state information
> Initializing package states... Done
> The following packages are unused and will be REMOVED:
>   bluez-cups bluez-pcmcia-support bluez-pin bluez-utils bsh fastjar
>   openoffice.org2-math openoffice.org2-writer python-uno readahead-list
>   serpentine ttf-mgopen usplash

This is aptitude trying to be helpful.  It notices that you have some
packages (like openoffice.org2) that no other packages depend on.  Since
you did not explicitly say that you want these packages to be install,
aptitude thinks you're not interested in them, and thus offers to remove

You can tell aptitude that you want all or some of these packages, or
you can use apt-get instead of aptitude to install xscreensaver.

  sudo aptitude unmarkauto bluez-utils openoffice.org2 usplash ...

(Disclaimer: I do not use aptitude myself, I only RTFM sometimes.)

> The following packages will be automatically REMOVED:
>   gnome-screensaver ubuntu-desktop

These two are the only packages that need to be removed due to
conflicting dependencies.

I do agree that ubuntu-desktop should depend on gnome-screensaver OR
xscreensaver, so that you wouldn't need to remove it.

> The following NEW packages will be installed:
>   miscfiles xli xscreensaver
> The following packages will be REMOVED:
>   gnome-screensaver ubuntu-desktop
> 0 packages upgraded, 3 newly installed, 60 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
> Need to get 1779kB of archives. After unpacking 292MB will be freed.
> Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?]

Marius Gedminas
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