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    Re: Removed Unity, updates want to reinstall it

    Remove ubuntu-desktop. It is merely a meta-package and the most likely cultprit of this thing.
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    Re: Removed Unity, updates want to reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by cwsnyder View Post
    OK, I'm confused. What DE are you using at present? KDE? Xfce? JWM? Awesome?

    I have never had a problem running Xfce/Xubuntu desktop after installing from an Ubuntu disk, then installing xubuntu-desktop from the CLI and removing Unity.
    My avatar/info shows I am running Ubuntu 12.04, which is why I have it there.

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    Re: Removed Unity, updates want to reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by vexorian View Post
    Remove ubuntu-desktop. It is merely a meta-package and the most likely cultprit of this thing.
    That has already been suggested and replied to.

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    Re: Removed Unity, updates want to reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMark View Post
    You can install gnome-shell alongside unity, removing unity can cause all sorts of problems unless you know exactly what you are doing, so I would install gnome-shell and just leave unity as it is, it wont use up any system resources if you aren't using it so just select gnome-shell at login and you'll have no problem, use this code to do that
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    sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get -y dselect-upgrade; sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
    Gnome-shell is already installed.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMark View Post
    sudo apt-get -y dselect-upgrade
    I have not run this command. Would that lock out the ability of the Update Manager to request the re-installation of the Unity packages, the "partial upgrade?"

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    Re: Removed Unity, updates want to reinstall it

    'dselect-upgrade' is like the beefed up version of 'upgrade', it will update all packages just like 'upgrade' but also has the ability to install additional packages if an existing package needs a new dependency. It in effect will run a partial upgrade.

    Partial upgrades are a messy situation where one package has been removed but another package that is installed must have the first one installed in order to function, you need to try and get out of the partial upgrade loop as soon as possible to avoid getting deeper into 'dependency hell'

    the -y flag just assumes the answer to any yes/no questions as yes

    EDIT: just to reiterate this is not something you have done wrong, you should be able to remove any package and apt-get should clear up any dependency conflicts but something obviously went wrong
    Last edited by CaptainMark; September 16th, 2012 at 10:34 PM.
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    Re: Removed Unity, updates want to reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMark View Post
    'dselect-upgrade' is like the beefed up version of 'upgrade', it will update all packages just like 'upgrade' but also has the ability to install additional packages if an existing package needs a new dependency. It in effect will run a partial upgrade.

    Partial upgrades are a messy situation where one package has been removed but another package that is installed must have the first one installed in order to function, you need to try and get out of the partial upgrade loop as soon as possible to avoid getting deeper into 'dependency hell'

    the -y flag just assumes the answer to any yes/no questions as yes

    EDIT: just to reiterate this is not something you have done wrong, you should be able to remove any package and apt-get should clear up any dependency conflicts but something obviously went wrong
    Thanks for the info. I will monitor what happens on the computer in question, a desktop. My laptop still has Unity but I am running Gnome in fall back session and also have Gnome shell installed. The issue has not re-occurred since putting Unity back on the laptop.

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