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.