I wanted to install ubuntu-restricted-extras with apt, but they include ttf-mscorefonts-installer, for which I must accept an EULA license. I don’t want to, but I can't find a way to reject it. There is an 'OK' button but no 'Reject'.

I have tried Ctrl-C, Q, Esc, but it only makes the installer blink and show the license again.

Closing the terminal or killing the process is not an option because the file lock doesn't get freed.

  • Note if you reject the EULA you cannot install that software, and if that package is required by another package, you can't install that package because the dependencies are then broken.
    – Thomas Ward
    Jul 24 '12 at 19:27
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    Yep, i know that. I just want to end the installation of the ubuntu-restricted-extras and install only it's dependencies that i want avoiding ttf-mscorefonts-installer. But more generally, just how to reject eula, i don't care (in fact i expect) that the installation of the new packages get rolled back.
    – user69112
    Jul 24 '12 at 19:30

You need to hit OK, then it will present you another screen asking if you accept the EULA. This second screen takes a Yes/No response.


You could download the package then delete the portion of it you don't want.

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    I am not a lawyer, but... Signing a EULA and then removing the software is not necessarily the same as not signing it in the first place. Some terms of the agreement may survive termination of the "contract." If you don't want to sign a EULA, signing it and then deleting the software is an undesirable workaround at best. Jul 24 '12 at 20:05
  • I know you still accept, but you are getting rid of the package ttf-mscorefonts-installer. This is the package they didn't want. And wouldn't deleting the package make that portion relating to the EULA null/void due to a lack of that file?
    – spaceghost
    Jul 24 '12 at 20:26
  • For this particular package, deleting all the font files (which should happen when you remove the package) should terminate any obligations under the license. (But I am not a laywer and this is not legal advice.) For EULAs in general though, including some that might be accepted through APT, this is not the case--you can have obligations or restrictions that survive termination of the contract. It's best not to agree to something if you don't agree to it. Jul 24 '12 at 20:35

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