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Thread: Why is "libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop" part of non-Unity flavors?

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    Why is "libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop" part of non-Unity flavors?

    I noticed an update for libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop. To find out what that is, I ran apt-cache show libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop and saw this, in part:
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    [10:44 AM] ~ $ apt-cache show libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop
    Package: libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop
    Priority: optional
    Section: gnome
    Installed-Size: 52
    Maintainer: Ubuntu Core Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
    Architecture: all
    Source: libunity
    Version: 7.1.2+13.10.20131010-0ubuntu2
    ...
    ...
    Description-en: binding to get places into the launcher - desktop def file
     libunity is a shared library to be able to interact with the launcher
     and add places in Unity environment.
    ...
     This package contains default scopes definition for the destkop.
    ...
    ...
    Task: ubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-usb, edubuntu-desktop, edubuntu-usb, xubuntu-desktop, lubuntu-desktop, ubuntustudio-desktop, ubuntu-gnome-desktop
    Why does Lubuntu (and probably Xubuntu) carry this package?
    Shortened urls: See point #11 here. And clicking on them could be risky.
    Use ubuntu-support-status with caution.

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    Re: Why is "libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop" part of non-Unity flavors?

    Shortened urls: See point #11 here. And clicking on them could be risky.
    Use ubuntu-support-status with caution.

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    Re: Why is "libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop" part of non-Unity flavors?

    Found out this was installed on my system too, Ubuntu Server with X and i3-wm. I don't have any of the *buntu-desktop packages installed, and I'm not sure if it was installed as a dependency of another package. I removed it (and libunity9 too) without incident.

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    Re: Why is "libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop" part of non-Unity flavors?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldos2er View Post
    Found out this was installed on my system too, Ubuntu Server with X and i3-wm. I don't have any of the *buntu-desktop packages installed, and I'm not sure if it was installed as a dependency of another package. I removed it (and libunity9 too) without incident.
    Because of the part in bold, I search /var/log/apt/history.log for "unity" and found:
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    gir1.2-unity-5.0, GObject introspection data for the Unity library
    libunity-protocol-private0, binding to get places into the launcher - private library
    libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop, binding to get places into the launcher - desktop def file
    libunity9, binding to get places into the launcher - shared library
    As for removing them, as a desktop user, I'll wait on that. For example, there's psensor (which I no longer use):
    apt-cache showpkg libunity9 has psensor as a reverse depend and
    apt-cache shopkg psensor has libunity9 listed as a dependency.

    I'll check out the others later but my suspicion, based on just one instance, is that the aim of integrating (with Unity) maybe the reason why cross-platform apps list these unity-related packages. But other quite common packages have libunity9 as their dependency.
    Last edited by vasa1; October 21st, 2013 at 03:02 AM.
    Shortened urls: See point #11 here. And clicking on them could be risky.
    Use ubuntu-support-status with caution.

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