Always on the lookout for ways to slim down my system, I thought I would remove the packages cpp and cpp-4.7, which together are quite bulky but don't appear to be in active use. To my surprise, I found that this would mean also removing the package x11-xserver-utils, which evidently is essential to a well-functioning desktop.
I'm struggling to see why this dependency exists. Can anyone explain the mystery, please? Many thanks.