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    Everything depends on gstreamer!

    Iíve just installed and configured a minimal KDE distro based on the Ubuntu 13.04 minimal CD. Itís working really well but I have 1 gripe with it.

    After installing kde-plasma-desktop gstreamer was automatically downloaded as the phonon backend, which as fine as Iíd just replace it with my usual vlc backend and remove phonon-backend-gstreamer.

    So I remove phonon-backend-gstreamer, which gets removed as expected, and Iíve now got autoremove correctly advising me that some gstreamer-* libs are now not required; normal behaviour. ButÖautoremove is also recommending that it removes Linux-sound-base, alsa-base etc, some were also included that seemed unrelated to me, such as libsoup.

    Now I know this is not a major issue, as I donít _have_ to run autoremove, but itís just bugging me why this is happening.

    Why has a gstreamer backend got such a massive dependency list?
    Last edited by SpecChum; June 24th, 2013 at 10:22 AM.

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    Re: Everything depends on gstreamer!

    you might ask devs why they are doing cross dependencies everywhere (askubuntu)

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    Re: Everything depends on gstreamer!

    Good plan.

    Done.

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    Re: Everything depends on gstreamer!

    Quote Originally Posted by SpecChum View Post

    Why has a gstreamer backend got such a massive dependency list?
    It really doesn't have very many dependencies
    More a result of how you did your install, minimal + adding..

    autoremove just looks for packages marked as automatically installed that have no current packages installed that depend on them
    (I'd gather that a typical 'full' kubuntu install would have kubuntu-desktop installed which would depend on alsa-base

    Code:
    apt-cache rdepends alsa-base
    alsa-base
    Reverse Depends:
      gstreamer1.0-alsa
      xubuntu-desktop
      volumeicon-alsa
      ubuntustudio-desktop
      ubuntu-touch
      ubuntu-gnome-desktop
      lubuntu-core
      kubuntu-desktop
      kubuntu-active
      initramfs-tools-tcos
      flite
      ubuntu-desktop
      linux-sound-base
      libflite1
      gstreamer1.0-alsa
      gstreamer0.10-alsa
      alsa-utils
    libsoup is used by gnome apps, unity, ect (gnome desktop), run an apt-cache rdepends on.
    (apt-cache rdepends libsoup2.4-1

    Any packages you believe shouldn't be in the autoremove list just mark as manually installed
    Last edited by mc4man; June 24th, 2013 at 02:39 PM.

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    Re: Everything depends on gstreamer!

    *slaps head*

    Of course, obvious now you mention it, mc4man

    Thanks for the light bulb!

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