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I want to remove the tumbler package from Xubuntu 16.04.

According to the answer here, it can be safely removed from Xubuntu 14.04. The only package that depends on it is the meta-package xubuntu-desktop.

However in Xubuntu 16.04, I get this:

$ apt-cache rdepends tumbler
tumbler
Reverse Depends:
  tumbler-plugins-extra
  thunar
  xubuntu-desktop
  xfdesktop4
  ubuntustudio-desktop
  ristretto
  thunar
  rygel

So I can't remove it without also removing Thunar and Ristretto, which I don't want to remove.

Why do all these packages depend on tumbler in Xubuntu 16.04, but not in 14.04?

  • The additional dependencies usually occur when new functionality is added to those depending applications. For specifics, you are welcome to check the changelogs on those packages. Feel free to look deeper - maybe the dependency is required, maybe recommends. If the latter, the dependency can be excluded with a simple apt flag. – user535733 Jun 26 '18 at 19:00
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If this is about CPU cost, disabling thumbnails creation may do the trick
See this Doc from xfce.org

  1. Create a tumbler.rc file
  2. Disable the plugin with Disabled=true for all thumbnailers
  3. You can also play with Priority and Locations options
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I was able to remove tumbler in the end.

Thunar and Ristretto only 'recommended' tumbler, and consequently removing tumbler didn't neccesitate removal of Thunar and Ristretto also.

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