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    Problems Uninstalling Transmission

    Hi,

    I'm new to Linux. I've installed it for the first time one week ago so my knowledge about it is still very basic.

    Basically I want to uninstall the "Transmisson" (I prefer using qBittorrent). So, I went to the Software Center and clicked on the button "Remove from my system". I've uninstalled another programs like this, with success. The thing is that in this case, when this process is over a new "Qtransmission bittorrent client" appears on my installed software. And if I try to uninstall this one, the first "Transmission" appears again. It's like the command to unistall "Transmission" activates the installation of "Qtransmission bittorrent cliente" and vice-versa. I don't even know if there's a difference between this two applications. The name and the image icon changes, but it seems that their basically the same.

    Can someone help me? Thanks in advance

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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    Code:
    Description-en: lightweight BitTorrent client
     Transmission is a set of lightweight BitTorrent clients (in GUI, CLI
     and daemon form). All its incarnations feature a very simple, intuitive
     interface on top on an efficient, cross-platform back-end.
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     This is just a metapackage depending on one of the front-end
     alternatives
    Description-md5: ad4c3a4546931273694cb4f642f5341d
    Homepage: http://www.transmissionbt.com/
    Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
    Origin: Ubuntu
    Supported: 3y
    Task: lubuntu-desktop
    Transmission is a meta-package, if you uninstall it, it does not remove the other packages it depends upon.
    Are you running out of space ? Could you install the other client of your choice keeping transmission ? transmission-gtk is part of ubuntu-desktop dependencies.
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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    Thanks for quick response!
    I'm not running out of space, but normally I like to uninstall programs I don't use because in the long run it makes a big difference.
    But is there a way to uninstall it? Or should I just keep it, and why?

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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    Quote Originally Posted by Romeu_Tristo View Post
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    But is there a way to uninstall it? Or should I just keep it, and why?
    You should be able to uninstall it but I'd suggest keeping it until you get more confident with Linux and are sure about how the other torrent manager works.

    One nice way to figure out the potential consequences of any action is to run a simulation. So, in a terminal, run apt-get purge -s transmission* and examine the output carefully. If you have doubts about the output, just ask!

    Notes:
    • There's no need for sudo when it's just a simulation (-s).
    • One proposed deletion could be "lubuntu-desktop". That appears frightening but isn't. That entry refers to a metapackage which is just a list of files that Lubuntu will look at if, when the next version of Lubuntu comes around, you choose to do an upgrade as opposed to a clean install. See http://www.mail-archive.com/lubuntu-.../msg03490.html and https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...LubuntuDesktop for more on the effect of removing "lubuntu-desktop".
    • If you're interested in removing software, you may encounter a situation in which something else is installed in place of the software you remove. That's because the OS determines that you need at least one software of that category: easy example is your web browser. I don't think you can delete all your web browsers (if you have more than one). The system won't allow it.
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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    I was now able the uninstall Transmisson. After using the simulation command I saw on the terminal that in order to delete all the packages I should use "apt-get autoremove" so I did "sudo apt-get autoremove transmission" and it worked. Problem solved, and learned some command line stuff on the way

    Thanks for all the help. Glad to verify that Linux comunity is as helpful as I've heard it would be!

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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    Quote Originally Posted by Romeu_Tristo View Post
    ... to delete all the packages I should use "apt-get autoremove" so I did "sudo apt-get autoremove transmission" and it worked. ...
    I think sudo apt-get autoremove is enough. I'm not sure there's any benefit to adding a package name. Anyone?
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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    I think sudo apt-get autoremove is enough. I'm not sure there's any benefit to adding a package name. Anyone?
    apt-get autoremove <package> removes a package and its dependencies https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AptGet/Howto
    transmission being a metapackage, my guess is that it got removed along with its dependencies.

    If I get this http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/transmission and that http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/transmission-qt correctly, the autoremove should have removed all deps that were not deps of other packages, including transmission-qt.

    Now I'm not sure how it will turn out in the future, as transmission-qt is a dep of ubuntu-desktop http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/ubuntu-desktop wwhich may now turn apt-get to complain as the ubuntu-desktop deps are not satisfied, or more probably will install it again on the next update/upgrade.
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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    On re-reading the first post, it seems to be a case of the operating system insisting on having at least one torrent client installed. When OP tried to remove transmission-gtk, transmission-qt was installed and vice versa. This is similar what I (and others) experienced when trying to remove a web browser.

    I don't know how off-topic we're getting here, but I use apt-get purge <package> to remove a package (and its config files (outside ~/)) rather than apt-get autoremove <package> because the latter doesn't remove the config files (outside ~/). Dependencies that are no longer needed are automatically suggested for deletion the next time I run sudo apt-get update && and sudo apt-get upgrade.
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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition


    Yes, we are drifting a bit and learning at the same time, so I say it is OK for now.

    I always use apt-get autoremove on its own, without adding a specific package name. I looked at the help page because I did not know it could work with <package_name>.

    Now removing packages with or without purge really depends on what you are trying to do. Sometimes it is good to remove config files, sometimes it is good to keep them.

    I'm always cautious and, at least on my systems, do not remove metapackages. Can lead to surprises during the next upgrade if you do not read the actions that are going to be applied and say yes, OK, just do it. I've helped several persons in the last few days where I suspect metapackages go removed and then deps autoremoved, leading to loosing gedit and other such details
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    Re: Problems Uninstalling Transmition

    This problem has had me wondering if I am going mad. I have installed Qbittorrent and would like to remove Transmission/QTransmission but I am not allowed to. Nothing tells me that, so I wasted time going round in circles.

    Is there really no safe way of removing or hiding this unwanted software?

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