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.