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Thread: Strange apt-get behavior

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Strange apt-get behavior

    Hi all,

    I'm trying to do a relatively lightweight 12.04 install. I downloaded mini.iso and did a command line install. One my first login, I execute a custom script for app setup


    apt-get update

    apt-get install -y xfce4 xubuntu-artwork xubuntu-default-settings cups wicd gvfs-backends gvfs-bin gvfs-fuse ubuntu-restricted-extras xfce4-power-manager mousepad chromium-browser xfburn xarchiver vlc evince ristretto gmusicbrowser gimp transmission libreoffice-writer libreoffice-calc libreoffice-impress sound-juicer filezilla xfce4-taskmanager alacarte

    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get clean

    When I reboot into XFCE, something has pulled in a bunch of gnome stuff. I think gnome-shell, brasero, network-manager-gnome, ubuntu one, etc....

    So I tried to investigate. I did a clean install, then installed only:

    apt-get install -y xfce4 xubuntu-artwork xubuntu-default-settings

    Rebooted into XFCE4. Then I installed the remainder of the packages one by one to try and see which was pulling in the gnome dependencies. However, when installing one by one, none of them do! The install was clean!

    Any help would be really appreciated!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Re: Strange apt-get behavior

    Update: It is alacarte.

    But why does it pull in 1000 dependencies when executed as part of the single agt-get install with all the packages, as opposed to installing one by one individually?

  3. #3
    ibjsb4 is offline Ubuntu addict and loving it
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Strange apt-get behavior

    Im not seeing those 1000 depends. Can you post what you are seeing?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Re: Strange apt-get behavior

    alacarte is a GTK application. It recommends a lot of Gnome dependencies because that's what it is designed to work with.

    I suspect you are seeing the difference between Depends and Recommends dependencies.


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