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I would like to remove Tomboy application, but when I run

apt-get remove tomboy

I get information that also gnome application will be removed. How can this be prevented?

Or maybe this could be achieved: how I can remove tomboy and keep all other packages that come with gnome?

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Strange, on Maverick gnome is not installed by default, because ubuntu-desktop does not depend on it. Also, gnome does not depend on tomboy. So, what release of Ubuntu are you running? –  enzotib Feb 2 '11 at 17:01
    
I have just upgraded to natty. I have experienced a freeze during upgrade and the installed both xorg and gnome packages, because otherwise I had no graphical interface. –  gruszczy Feb 2 '11 at 17:03
    
You should install ubuntu-desktop, instead. –  enzotib Feb 2 '11 at 17:07
    
Your system doesn't work because Natty's in the middle of an X transition: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/871/… –  Jorge Castro Feb 2 '11 at 17:09

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There isn't any package named gnome. I think you meant ubuntu-desktop

Either your system does not have proper packages list. Do a sudo apt-get update to check if everything is in order

If the problem still comes, check what all are contained in the package. Chances are high that it is a metapackage. It means that a package which has multiple packages as it's dependencies. Meta-packages don't contain anything. If you want to install say kubuntu on already existing ubuntu installation then all you need to do is to install kubuntu-desktop which will take care of the packages which need to be installed.

Now if you remove any single of the package which are dependency of that meta-package, then that meta-package is shown to be removed.

Don't worry, your whole gnome is not going to be removed. Only the meta-package is going to be unchecked as the dependency requirement for that package is not fulfilled.

I am not very much sure what the problem you are getting. Probably the solution I explained might not be the solution to your problem, nevertheless I thought it is good to explain what all problems can exist with the same symptoms.

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Yes, only the metapackage is removed, but then I get information, that ceratin packages from gnome are not necessary any more and will be removed, if I run autoremove. How can I prevent that? –  gruszczy Feb 2 '11 at 18:49
    
Can you please post the complete output in pastebin and post it here so that everyone can have a look –  Manish Sinha Feb 2 '11 at 19:39

If you want to remove Tomboy, APT also want to remove ubuntu-desktop. It's safe to remove, because ubuntu-desktop is just a meta-package.

Best regards,

Ilias el Matani

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