apt-get autoremove in edgy
matt.kuiken at verizon.net
Fri Nov 3 02:06:59 UTC 2006
Adam Miller wrote:
> I was being told that when autoremove was taking things out that
> their xfce option at gdm wasn't usable anymore because it apparently
> took everything with it. They said it lists each application one by one
> and not just say its removing xubuntu-desktop.
Are you sure they weren't using aptitude? That sounds like a certain
feature that aptitude uses to ensure that unused libraries aren't left
on a system when you uninstall a program. Aptitude keeps track of the
packages that you explicitly install, and which ones were drug in as
dependencies of others. If you remove all the packages that depend on a
library, it removes the library with the last application that used it.
If the person in question installed xubuntu-desktop with aptitude, and
then removed a sub-package, thus removing xubuntu-desktop, all the
packages that had xubuntu-desktop as the only thing that depended upon
them would also be removed.
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