Okay, so I was surfing my System menus in Jaunty, and I thought "Oh, Computer Janitor! I never used that before!" So I clicked on it and typed in my password, thus giving the power to do whatever it could trick me into asking it to do. Bad Janitor!
It said it wanted to help keep my system "clean", and put up a list of possible cruft. This list consisted of:
Please note that this is all stuff I installed myself by downloading .deb files. Also note the words (.deb package) that appears after each name.Code:adobe-certs (.deb package) eeepc-tray (.deb package) get_iplayer (.deb package) nxclient (.deb package) truecrypt (.deb package)
I thought, "Ah, these are the .debs that I downloaded. I don't need them anymore, now the stuff's installed. They can go." And I clicked "Cleanup" (Computer Janitor had helpfully ticked "Remove/clean" for each item).
Those package names disappeared from the list. And were replaced by more. Packages with more obscure names, like "ldv32 (.deb package)" and "libid3-3.8.3c2a (.deb package)". I started to feel uneasy. Were these dependencies of the applications whose ".deb packages" I had just "cleaned up"? I closed Computer Janitor and, with trepidation, opened my Applications menu. And guess what? You got it. Truecrypt and NXClient had gone! A quick "which get_iplayer" revealed that get_iplayer had also gone. Not the ".deb packages" - or at least, not what I recognize as ".deb packages". The applications themselves!
Why oh why does Computer Janitor operate in this way? If the list had labelled the items (Applications) rather than (.deb packages) I would never have done this ridiculous thing. As it is, I now have to go scooting around the web re-downloading all this stuff that I actually need.
Computer Janitor is obviously a more newbie-oriented tool. Old hands don't need it. And it presents itself extremely poorly. I hate the janitor and I want to sack him!