Why is gnome-todo not installed when it is a dependency of ubuntu-desktop meta package in 18.04?

$ apt-cache rdepends  gnome-todo
Reverse Depends:
$ apt-cache policy gnome-todo
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 3.28.1-1
  Version table:
     3.28.1-1 500
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/main amd64 Packages
$ dpkg -l | grep ubuntu-desktop
ii  ubuntu-desktop                             1.417                                                    amd64        The Ubuntu desktop system
$ dpkg -l | grep todo
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
ubuntu-desktop is already the newest version (1.417).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Update: This situation probably results from an interrupted and subsequently repaired upgrade to 18.04. Would doug's suggestion (sudo apt remove ubuntu-desktop && sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop) restore all the default/recommended packages that are installed during an upgrade?

  • It's not installed on Ubuntu 16.04, and I can't find anything in the support version of Ubuntu that requires it. If it's a requisite of the 18.04 operation, there is a good chance that it will be install when 18.04 is released. If the developers are making a mistake, it's important that you file a bug report to get the issue addressed. All the bugs may not be completely worked out before the release, but it would help if you would use the proper channel for support. Please report and track your bug (including feature request) at: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu Apr 19, 2018 at 20:41
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    It's a recommend of ubuntu-desktop, if you were to remove & then re-install ubuntu-desktop it would likely get installed. Also gnome-todois on the current 18.04 image so no bug.. Check the .manifest here cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current
    – doug
    Apr 19, 2018 at 20:49
  • Thanks. I see now that "apt-cache show ubuntu-desktop" lists gnome-todo as a recommend. Apr 19, 2018 at 21:35

1 Answer 1


gnome-todo is a recommendation of ubuntu-desktop. As such it can be removed without removing the ubuntu-desktop meta-package. Also to note that it will be included on the 18.04 release image.

In this case it should suffice to remove & then reinstall the ubuntu-desktop package

sudo apt remove ubuntu-desktop && sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

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