Updates for a not installed package?

Colin Law clanlaw at googlemail.com
Wed Oct 23 08:01:36 UTC 2013

On 23 October 2013 05:01, Shashank SVRSN <shashank16392 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tuesday 22 October 2013 11:11 AM, Colin Law wrote:
>> On 22 October 2013 15:57, Shashank SVRSN <shashank16392 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Today the regular updates showed an update to 'distro-info-data' package.
>>> Reading the package description excited me that such a thing alreaady
>>> exists
>>> in my system.
>>> However when i typed 'distro-info', the termianl said --
>>> The program 'distro-info' is currently not installed. You can install it
>>> by
>>> typing:
>>> sudo apt-get install distro-info
>>> where
>>> 'apt-cache policy distro-info-data ' says--
>>> distro-info-data:
>>>    Installed: 0.13ubuntu0.2
>> Presumably something requires or required it.  Try
>> sudo apt-get autoremove
>> If that removes it then whatever it was that required it has been
>> removed (possibly distro-info was installed and then removed).
>> If not try
>> sudo apt-get remove -s distro-info-data
>> The -s says to simulate removing it but not actually do it.  You can
>> then see whether removing it forces the removal of anything else.  If
>> it just says it will remove that package then you can safely remove
>> it.
>> Colin
> Thanks for the '-s' tip Colin.. Some libdistro-info-perl was shown.. Does it
> mean anything?

Do you mean it wanted to uninstall that also?  It is always a good
idea to be very detailed when asking technical questions.  Saying
something like "Some libdistro-info-perl was shown" does not tell us
exactly what happened.
Googling for libdistro-info-perl (which you could have done yourself)
tells me "This package contains a Perl module for parsing the data in
distro-info-data".  So it does not sound as if removing that would
cause any problems if you are not using distro-info-data.


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