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Is there anyway to do install ubuntu-restricted-extras without the MS fonts packages?

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The package ubuntu-restricted-extras is a so-called "meta package". Such packages do not provide files themselves, but depend on other packages. apt-cache show ubuntu-restricted-extras tells me that the MS fonts (ttf-mscorefonts-installer) are recommended by the package, not mandatory.

The package ubuntu-restricted-addons is always installed when installing ubuntu-restricted-extras. If you want to proceed without installing the MS fonts, install this package directly:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-addons 

The other recommended packages can be installed manually as well:

sudo apt-get install unrar gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse libavcodec-extra-53

If a package depends on ubuntu-restricted-extras, after installing the above packages run:

sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install ubuntu-restricted-extras
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I doesn't solve it :) I mean, what's the point of installing something to uninstall it later. Ubuntu should give us the choice to choose whatever package to be included or excluded from the restricted extras... – Adame Doe Feb 17 '12 at 22:16
It works. Be sure not to confuse ubuntu-restricted-addons with ubuntu-restricted-extras. You have the freedom not to install that piece of software. sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install ubuntu-restricted-extras will also install ubuntu-restricted-extras without the recommended packages. The downside is, this applies recursively to all dependencies. Nothing prevents you from installing the recommended packages afterwards though. – Lekensteyn Feb 17 '12 at 22:28
thanks for all you efforts. But still, there's no known way, script, command to install ubuntu-restricted-extras without MS fonts :) I install Ubuntu based systems like 8 to 10 times a month, and it's frustrating me to have to install the restricted extras with the damn fonts... – Adame Doe Feb 17 '12 at 22:48
sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends install ubuntu-restricted-extras does install the package, but it won't install anything else except for the metapackages ubuntu-restricted-extras and ubuntu-restricted-addons. I've updated the answer. – Lekensteyn Feb 18 '12 at 9:32

Install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package. Then note the names of the fonts installed by inspecting ttf-mscorefonts-installer in Synaptic before doing a complete removal of that package.

Then use font manager to disable the fonts whose names you noted.

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I don't wanna install them at all. They take a lot of time just to download and extract, it's a pain ~ – Adame Doe Feb 17 '12 at 21:30
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Done some research and trials. Turned out your can get the restricted-extras without MS fonts by ~

  • Using the software manager to install it and not accepting the terms for installing MS fonts when prompted. This will go on with the installation but omit MS fonts.
  • Use the offline installer script and remove lines that copy MS fonts to Ubuntu system.
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