Sorry about this. I know I must appear pretty dense by now but it worked that time and I did the same as before. Plus I am almost positive that when I edited the file (removing gnome-screensaver), the save button grayed out and I could not save it as is.
Originally Posted by mc4man
That is why I say I had to click "save as" as I could not click on save but this time it did.
cavsfan@cavsfan-MS-7529:~$ editdeb '/var/cache/apt/archives/gnome-session-flashback_1%3a3.6.2-0ubuntu11_all.deb'
Building new deb...
dpkg-deb: warning: '/tmp/deb.xLgbxnNxRJ/DEBIAN/control' contains user-defined field 'Original-Maintainer'
dpkg-deb: warning: ignoring 1 warning about the control file(s)
dpkg-deb: building package `gnome-session-flashback' in `gnome-session-flashback_1%3a3.6.2-0ubuntu11_all.modfied.deb'.
And I was finally able to remove the gnome screensaver:
cavsfan@cavsfan-MS-7529:~$ sudo dpkg -i gnome-session-flashback_1%3a3.6.2-0ubuntu11_all.modfied.deb
[sudo] password for cavsfan:
(Reading database ... 209811 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace gnome-session-flashback 1:3.6.2-0ubuntu11 (using gnome-session-flashback_1%3a3.6.2-0ubuntu11_all.modfied.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement gnome-session-flashback ...
Setting up gnome-session-flashback (1:3.6.2-0ubuntu11.1) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for mime-support ...
Problem solved! Whoot!
cavsfan@cavsfan-MS-7529:~$ sudo apt-get purge gnome-screensaver
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 426 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
(Reading database ... 209810 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing gnome-screensaver ...
Purging configuration files for gnome-screensaver ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Plus I learned something and will never have to bother you or anyone else to remove a file dependency when it is unneeded in a development system.
I'm not going to go jacking with stuff on a production system because I have already borked an install or two and had to reinstall because of something I had done.
That's not fun and it felt like I had failed. So, I watch what I am doing pretty well.
Any way thanks for your patience, help and tolerance!
Now I can add xscreensaver -no-splash to my startup applications.