View Full Version : [all variants] Dependency resolution question about auto-removeables

July 20th, 2008, 12:06 PM
I have package A, B and C. A depends on B and C, so when I install A, B and C also gets installed.

I then want package D which conflicts C. So when installing D, C and A (because A depends on C) gets removed.


A depends on B and C.
I install A - B and C gets installed automatically.
D conflicts C.
I install D - C and A gets removed automatically.
I now have only B and D installed.

What happens to package B now? Is it marked as auto-removeable, and will it be automatically removed?

I was just wondering what apt-get, aptitude or Synaptic does in this case. I came to think about this then I proposed removing ubuntu-desktop in an other thread about changing to KDE4 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=864303).

July 20th, 2008, 03:30 PM
apt-get has now an "autoremove" option:

autoremove is used to remove packages that were automatically installed to satisfy dependencies for some package and that are no more needed.

sudo apt-get autoremove

aptitude does it too, but I would not recommend to use aptitude if you have been using apt-get/synaptic so far (they do not share their logs, so the outcome can be risky).