Will removing only lib* packages affect the user experience?

Christopher Sacchi thomasbtmn at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 13:47:10 UTC 2012

Library files are part of the OS and apps. Try not to mess with it.

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On Feb 22, 2012, at 8:41 AM, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 01:42, Avi Greenbury <lists at avi.co> wrote:
>> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>>> When updating with aptitude and removing packages to satisfy
>>> dependencies, will removing only lib* packages affect the user
>>> experience? This is one of the solutions presented to me by Aptitude:
>> Removing *only* lib packages generally wont, but it might disable
>> optional features on some software. If something is dependent on the
>> lib package, then its removal will be triggered by trying to remove that
>> library.
>> Generally, I've found aptitude presents what is ostensibly The Right
>> Thing at that point and when you agree to it it suddenly springs a
>> bunch of removals on you, so if you use aptitude it's well worth paying
>> attention at the next bit. I've found apt-get substantially less insane
>> in this regard.
> Thanks, Avi. Actually I did the upgrade in Synaptic and it only
> removed Gimp. I can live with that.
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