Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

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
share|improve this answer
    
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.

share|improve this answer
1  
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
up vote 1 down vote accepted

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.
share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.