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Unfortunately when I installed the fcron package to take a look at it, I didn't realize that I was also uninstalling Ubuntu Desktop and Anacron.

So, I then did apt-get install anacron ubuntu-desktop, which also removed fcron.

However, I need to know what instability issues I may now encounter because I have done this change and changed it back. I mean, now that anacron is back and ubuntu-desktop is back, am I out of the woods? Or, will I lose any important jobs that need to run periodically from anacron?

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I do not know about anacron, however reinstalling ubuntu-desktop should not give you much problems. As long as the config files for the packages under ubuntu-desktop and anacron was not removed, everything should proceed normally as before.

And in the future, do try to test things on a different machine or VM. It's safer and you can also learn how to configure it perfectly to suit your needs, should you decide to use it on your main system.

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Otoh, breaking a production system provokes a special kind of stress and adrenaline fueled creativity.. ;p – djeikyb Feb 22 '11 at 6:31
We ain't masochists! :< – Oxwivi Feb 22 '11 at 7:08
The package ubuntu-desktop doesn't define/use any configuration files, since it's a Metapackage, however removing is not a good idea. Reinstalling should be no problem, though. – user2817 Feb 22 '11 at 12:11
Please read carefully I said config files for packages under ubuntu-desktop. I'm well aware that it is a metapackage. – Oxwivi Feb 22 '11 at 12:41

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