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I am trying to uninstall empathy from my Ubuntu 12.10. So I issued the following command

sudo apt-get purge empathy
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:

  account-plugin-identica account-plugin-twitter gir1.2-messagingmenu-1.0

Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.

The following packages will be REMOVED:

  account-plugin-aim* account-plugin-jabber* account-plugin-salut* account-plugin-yahoo* empathy* **gnome* gnome-core*** mcp-account-manager-uoa* nautilus-sendto-empathy*

0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 9 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

After this operation, 8,664 kB disk space will be freed.

Do you want to continue [Y/n]? 

It is trying to remove gnome and gnome-core by default. Will it really uninstall gnome as well? How do I uninstall empathy without affecting gnome?

EDIT: As suggested by vasa1 in the comments, I tried marking the packages as manual using

sudo apt-mark manual gnome gnome-core

That also didnt help.

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BTW, what do you see when you run dpkg --get-selections | grep gnome because I just noticed it wants to remove gnome*? – user25656 Apr 6 '13 at 12:20
The list is too big to post here... – thefourtheye Apr 6 '13 at 12:25
There are a couple of older questions where such a problem of removing gnome* and gnome-core* wasn't reported: and I don't know whether something has changed with 12.10. – user25656 Apr 6 '13 at 12:30
Yup... In my machine, it says it will remove gnome and gnome-core :( – thefourtheye Apr 6 '13 at 12:32
Okay, I'll delete my answer but all the best. Maybe you can just leave empathy installed? – user25656 Apr 6 '13 at 12:34

Open synaptic package manager and type empathy in the search box and remove that single package.

Vasa1 gave us CLI way and I am giving GUI way .

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It still warns me about removing gnome and gnome-core – thefourtheye Apr 6 '13 at 12:14… Not a problem – Raja Apr 6 '13 at 12:37
@Jai, but that one only deals with gnome-core. This one has gnome* and gnome-core*. – user25656 Apr 6 '13 at 12:40

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