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gemk65
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Synaptic Status "Installed (local or obsolete)"

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In my Linux Mint 19.3, I see that Synaptic lists 8 files with the status "Installed (local or obsolete)". A Mint Forum post by squeezy on June 18 2012 states that the package "upgrade-system" (in Synaptic's repositories) will intelligently handle this group of files by removing the unneeded ones and leaving the remainder.

Now, 8 years later, is this still considered a sound approach to these local/obsolete files?
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Re: Synaptic Status "Installed (local or obsolete)"

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I have no idea about the original post from 2012 but you should not worry about the obsolete files and if you are unsure you should probably not remove them.
I personally remove them after an upgrade to a new base release and normally it should not be a problem because those packages are no longer in the official repositories. Of course I would first verify what those packages are.
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Re: Synaptic Status "Installed (local or obsolete)"

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gemk65 wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:56 pm
Now, 8 years later, is this still considered a sound approach to these local/obsolete files?
They are also known as foreign packages - installed packages that do not exist in the repos currently set up on your machine. Normally they will include packages you have manually installed via a downloaded deb file. Or packages from a PPA/third party repo that you have subsequently disabled or removed without removing the packages.

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Re: Synaptic Status "Installed (local or obsolete)"

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Thank you, smurphos.

My Synaptic list of these 8 local/obsolete packages (not "files", the term that I mistakenly used in my original post) consists of Zoom (which I did indeed install manually via a downloaded deb file) plus 7 packages, which I do not recognize, and which are all identified as "network manager" or "network management framework".

I don't think that I set up a PPA repository in my current Linux Mint installation.

In the Software Sources window, if I choose Maintenance >> Remove Foreign Packages, only my Zoom package is displayed in the list; the other 7 packages are not displayed in this list, so I guess that they came from Synaptic's regular repositories.

None of the 7 unfamiliar packages are displayed in the Zoom dependencies list when I click (in Synaptic) Zoom >> Properties >> Dependencies.

I even instructed Synaptic to completely uninstall my Zoom, and I found that the 7 unfamiliar packages remained installed.

See my screenshot below:

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Sorry that I'm late getting back to you. I posted a reply 24 hours ago, but now I see that my post was not displayed because of the error regarding my screenshot dimensions. This is the first time that I have tried to insert an image into any of my posts.
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