Debian Uninstall Question

Thomas Stivers stivers_t at
Sat Oct 2 18:21:45 EDT 2004

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On Sat, Oct 02 2004 at 05:53:22PM -0400, Janina Sajka wrote:
> Is there a way to remove a related group of applications with apt? Or do
> you have to take them out one at a time and do it in the right order
> because of the dependencies?

Here is where dependencies can come in handy. If you remove a package
like xfree86-common apt will remove all the things that depend on it. It
won't work if you just remove x-window-system because it is a virtual
package which depends on other packages but is not itself depended on.
Chances are if you remove the xfree86-server or x-clients-base you'll
take out a lot of what you want to get rid of.

> I ask because I have an old Pentium 2 with a fairly small hd, and I need
> to take out all the X (except perhaps the Xlibs). The hd is getting full
> and this box is too slow for Gnome anyway.

Yeah I don't doubt it. Gnome is really a memory/processor hog.

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> X-Operating-System: Linux 2.6.8-1.541.root 
> Organization: Capital Accessibility LLC (
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I think you may have started writing in the middle of your headers.

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