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  1. #1
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    Unwanted browser auto-installation

    Hi,

    Lubuntu 12.04 64bit

    I recently installed Chrome from a downloaded .deb package, it works fine, so removed Lubuntu's default browser Chromium with:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get autoremove --purge chromium-browser
    After confirming with 'Y' I walked off, later returning to find that Firefox had been automatically installed as a replacement! Upon trying to remove Firefox in the same way I notice that the terminal prompt is now telling me Epiphany must be installed?

    How can I remove Firefox without auto-installing another unwanted browser?

    Code:
    rory@rong:~$ sudo apt-get autoremove --purge firefox
    [sudo] password for rory: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
      epiphany-browser epiphany-browser-data gir1.2-clutter-1.0 gir1.2-cogl-1.0
      gir1.2-coglpango-1.0 gir1.2-gstreamer-0.10 gir1.2-json-1.0 gnome-js-common
      gnome-user-guide libavahi-gobject0 libclutter-1.0-0 libclutter-1.0-common
      libcogl-common libcogl-pango0 libcogl9 libjavascriptcoregtk-3.0-0
      libjson-glib-1.0-0 libseed-gtk3-0 libwebkitgtk-3.0-0 libwebkitgtk-3.0-common
      libyelp0 yelp yelp-xsl
    Suggested packages:
      epiphany-extensions
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
      firefox* firefox-globalmenu*
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      epiphany-browser epiphany-browser-data gir1.2-clutter-1.0 gir1.2-cogl-1.0
      gir1.2-coglpango-1.0 gir1.2-gstreamer-0.10 gir1.2-json-1.0 gnome-js-common
      gnome-user-guide libavahi-gobject0 libclutter-1.0-0 libclutter-1.0-common
      libcogl-common libcogl-pango0 libcogl9 libjavascriptcoregtk-3.0-0
      libjson-glib-1.0-0 libseed-gtk3-0 libwebkitgtk-3.0-0 libwebkitgtk-3.0-common
      libyelp0 yelp yelp-xsl
    0 upgraded, 23 newly installed, 2 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
    Need to get 17.5 MB of archives.
    After this operation, 34.8 MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    Re: Unwanted browser auto-installation

    The answer to your question as to why epiphany is being installed can be found here - http://askubuntu.com/questions/11934...nother-browser.

    If uninstalling firefox installs epiphany, then that's because some other package depends on "a web browser", which packages do by depending on the virtual package www-browser. If the google-chrome package doesn't have a Provides: www-browser line, and you have no other browser installed, APT thinks it needs to install a package that does provide a www-browser and then Epiphany is the first choice on a GNOME system.

    I downloaded one of the Google Chrome .deb files and I can confirm that they don't provide www-browser. If you want to get this fixed you need to file a bug report with Google and tell them to fix their .deb packages.
    It seems that you have no choice. I would just keep Firefox installed. It won't make a big difference and as long as you have Chrome as the default, you probably won't even see Firefox again. So you have to have at least one and I think that it is better to keep Firefox than remove it and have it replaced by epiphany.

  3. #3
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    Re: Unwanted browser auto-installation

    Aha! Thank you for your concise and precise answer. I will just leave firefox and mark this thread solved.

    Regardo.

    Rory.

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    Re: Unwanted browser auto-installation

    Quote Originally Posted by awfullook View Post
    Aha! Thank you for your concise and precise answer. I will just leave firefox and mark this thread solved.

    Regardo.

    Rory.

    I'd just like to point out that this isn't Ubuntu's fault, chrome should provide a line in their package config that says 'I'm a browser, you don't need to install another one', but it doesn't.

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    Re: Unwanted browser auto-installation

    Quote Originally Posted by MG&TL View Post
    I'd just like to point out that this isn't Ubuntu's fault, chrome should provide a line in their package config that says 'I'm a browser, you don't need to install another one', but it doesn't.
    I think matters are slightly more complicated than what Google Chrome provides or doesn't.
    Since OP has marked this thread [SOLVED], I'll start a new one in a little while.

    Here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...2#post12252422
    Last edited by vasa1; September 21st, 2012 at 05:56 PM.
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