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    Red face Unzip uninstall scare

    On 11.10 WUBI XFCE, I installed "Unzip" with Synaptic. It did not resolve the need/lack of an unzip tool, so I marked it for removal.

    Although Unzip required not dependencies and installed by itself, upon Marking it for Removal, Synaptic now reports :

    "To be removed -

    java-wrappers
    lintian
    opticalraytracer
    ubuntu-desktop"

    Wow. That seems drastic. Is this a symptom of trouble? What should I do? - Thx!

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    Re: Unzip uninstall scare

    Unzip is a "dependency" of the package ubuntu-desktop, so if you install unzip it will also uninstall ubuntu-desktop. Now, ubuntu-desktop is only a "metapackage" (a dummy package that installs a bunch of other packages) so your computer won't explode if you uninstall it. HOWEVER, there is no benefit to uninstalling unzip, therefore I recommend you don't do it.

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/oneiric/ubuntu-desktop

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    Re: Unzip uninstall scare

    I saw that Unzip itself is marked as a metapackage ... I usually am vigilant for the dialog showing additional dependencies when installing a package, but it apparently works a little different with metapackages.

    I'm planning to make a full install of Ubuntu Server soon (then put Xfce on it), moving away from WUBI after years (tho I like that it has been retained for those who find it convenient...). Since this is not a malfunction-symptom, I will 'control myself' and just let sleeping dogs lay. Thank you!

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    Re: Unzip uninstall scare

    It is like an a la carte all you can eat buffet. You pick up things that you simply forget about unless they start squeaking.

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