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  1. #1
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    Question Is it safe to remove these packages?

    Whenever I use apt to install something it gives me the autoremove message:

    Code:
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: 
      libssl-dev libssl-doc linux-headers-3.8.0-29 linux-headers-3.8.0-29-generic 
      linux-headers-3.8.0-30 linux-headers-3.8.0-30-generic 
      linux-image-3.8.0-29-generic linux-image-3.8.0-30-generic 
      linux-image-extra-3.8.0-29-generic linux-image-extra-3.8.0-30-generic 
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    Are these packages safe to remove or should I not remove them?

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    Re: Is it safe to remove these packages?

    Yes, it's safe. From
    Code:
    man apt-get
    autoremove: autoremove is used to remove packages that were automatically installed to satisfy dependencies for other packages and are now no longer needed.

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    Re: Is it safe to remove these packages?

    hotwheels14901; Hi ! Welcome to the forum.

    The package manager does not lie. Not only is it safe to remove them, the package manager encourages you to do so ..at the administrators (yours) discretion. That conserves disk space and system resources.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    For clarification see:
    Code:
    man apt-get
    just try'n to help
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Is it safe to remove these packages?

    apt does a pretty good job. I've never had an issue with autoremove in several years of using it.
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