apt-get autoremove in edgy

Adam Miller maxamillion at gmail.com
Fri Nov 3 16:05:02 UTC 2006

I'm not sure, they claimed it was "apt-get remove firefox" but they could
have gotten it confused. If I hear from them on irc again I will ask.


On 11/2/06, Matthew Kuiken <matt.kuiken at verizon.net> wrote:
> Adam Miller wrote:
> > Foxy,
> >      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.
> >
> > -Adam
> >
> 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.
> -Matt
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