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I would like to remove Empathy from my Ubuntu system, (I am currently running Quantal without Unity, just Gnome). When I try remove it in Synaptic it also wants to remove Gnome-Core, which I assume will break my setup.

Am I correct?

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I have the same problem with removing EDS. I think the dependencies may need looking at. You may try filing a bug at launchpad. –  coteyr Nov 29 '12 at 19:53

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No you are not correct.

Removing gnome-core will not break your system.

gnome-core is in fact a meta-package, have a look at this url for adidtional information on the gnome-core package: http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=gnome-core

Info on meta-packages: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MetaPackages

You can safely uninstall Empathy and the gnome-core meta package.


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I believe gnome-core is a meta-package. It just makes sure certain things get installed. I don't believe removing it will remove anything else.

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Okay the above answer is cryptic. If I remove empathy and it requires me to remove Gnome core it may not break my system but I would lose Gnome desktop correct? (By the way I only use Gnome desktop)

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I believe you mean ubuntu-desktop, which is also a meta-package, you can safely remove ubuntu-desktop without affecting your installation. –  kingmilo Feb 21 '13 at 9:38

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