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herbie643
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Meta packages

Post by herbie643 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:13 pm

I just installed WPS and removed LibreOffice and when I did Mint themes, Mint Artwork were also removed.
WHY oh WHY?
What has LibreOffice have to do with Mint themes and artwork. Fortunately I had backups so no 'real' harm done.
I presume that somewhere in there is a meta package that has dependencies set for these actions as I could not re-install what was removed.

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Re: Meta packages

Post by Cosmo. » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:25 pm

You did not mention your Mint version and the desktop environment. If you don't know open a terminal and enter:

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inxi -Sz
Paste the output here.

I remove LO regularly on my test systems (LM 17.x) without the problem you reported. So far I cannot follow.

What stands WPS for?

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Re: Meta packages

Post by Mute Ant » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:33 pm

If you don't want to read the 'will be removed' list, you can render the auto-remove system helpless by setting your whole system to 'manually installed'...

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### Make all the installed packages appear as Manually Installed...
    sudo apt-mark manual $(apt-mark showauto)
With everything set to Manually Installed, removing any package will not remove any dependent packages it installed.

I use deborphan to find genuinely unattached packages, with no ill-effects so far...

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### Remove packages that the system will never use...
    while sudo dpkg -P $(deborphan) ; do true ; done
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Re: Meta packages

Post by herbie643 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:41 pm

Kingsoft Office or something like that is WPS.
I am running Mint 18 sarah with :
Kernel: x86_64 Linux 4.7.2-040702-generic
and that still beggars the question, "Why was LO removing themes and artwork?" Had to be a meta package somewhere because when I tried reinstall themes/artwork, Synaptic reported them as Broken.
OH, and as an aside, "Why the hell does installing SDDM bring in the world of KDE. I just left Antergos and was able to install SDDM with no KDE tag alongs.
So again, it has to be Meta Packages.

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Re: Meta packages

Post by Cosmo. » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:23 am

With my command we would know your desktop environment, so we stand still in the dark.
herbie643 wrote:and that still beggars the question, "Why was LO removing themes and artwork?"
It does not. I cannot reproduce the issue here on LM 18 Cinnamon 64 bit.

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Re: Meta packages

Post by herbie643 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:21 am

Xfce 4.12

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Re: Meta packages

Post by Cosmo. » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:11 am

I don't use xfce, yo I cannot judge myself, but I doubt, that this does make a difference.

You can test it yourself: Launch the live system and remove the package ure. This will remove all LO-related packages, but no themes or artwork. So there must be something special with your system.

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