Debian Uninstall Question

Cheryl Homiak chomiak at
Sat Oct 2 21:03:50 EDT 2004

I could be wrong about this, but I recall (at least in unstable0 that 
x-window-system is just a virtual package, and once you have all your X 
installed, removing it really doesn't do anything. the reason I think this 
is because I was trying to get rid of xdm I didn't know if I could do it 
because apt threatened to uninstall x-window-system along with xdm. 
However, somebody told me this was just a virtual package; I went ahead 
and did it and didn't lose any of my X system.
In fact, I just reinstalled recently and had to do the same thing.
As a test just now, I checked with the -u option what would happen if I 
reinstalled xdm and i was told x-window-system would also be installed. 
but my x is up and running, so it appears that my theory about this may be 
I'm not sure if this is the case with most meta-packages; at least in this 
case, the meta-package seems to function for installation but perhaps not 
for removal.


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