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    Latest update-notifier-common upgrade installs alsa packages - why?

    I just wanted to see if someone can explain what's going on. With the latest unattended-upgrade, the upgrade of the package update-notifier-common also installed a number of packages, which I really don't understand why are installed on a server. This is the /var/log/apt/history.log entry:

    Start-Date: 2021-01-20  06:52:55
    Commandline: /usr/bin/unattended-upgrade
    Install: alsa-topology-conf:amd64 (1.2.2-1, automatic), alsa-ucm-conf:amd64 (1.2.2-1ubuntu0.5, automatic), python3-xkit:amd64 (0.5.0ubuntu4, automatic), libpciaccess0:amd64 (0.16-0ubuntu1, automatic), libasound2-data:amd64 (1.2.2-2.1ubuntu2.3, automatic), alsa-utils:amd64 (1.2.2-1ubuntu2, automatic), ubuntu-drivers-common:amd64 (1:0.8.4~, automatic), libgomp1:amd64 (10.2.0-5ubuntu1~20.04, automatic), libasound2:amd64 (1.2.2-2.1ubuntu2.3, automatic), libsamplerate0:amd64 (0.1.9-2, automatic), libatopology2:amd64 (1.2.2-2.1ubuntu2.3, automatic), libfftw3-single3:amd64 (3.3.8-2ubuntu1, automatic)
    Upgrade: update-notifier-common:amd64 (,
    End-Date: 2021-01-20  06:53:02
    Why on earth would I need a bunch of Alsa packages on my server??? I think the main culprit here is the ubuntu-drivers-common package, which installs the rest (I figured this out by using apt-cache rdepends --installed alsa-utils). Now, I can live with this, but I just find it very odd. I should mention that I got rid of a bunch of alsa packages in the first place by removing the normal vim package.

    So a couple of questions come to mind:

    1) Why are alsa/sound driver packages automatically installed on a server in the first place?
    2) Would it be safe to autoremove the package ubuntu-drivers-common, which I then believe would remove all the unneeded packages?

    And no, this really isn't a huge deal - it's just the principle that I don't understand why a server would need sound drivers to be automatically installed.
    Last edited by ameinild; January 20th, 2021 at 12:46 PM.
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