I installed sendEmail on Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS based on a recommendation from http://linuxneophyte.com/sendemail-a-light-and-simple-command-line-mailer/

The package installed (not visible with dpkg but /usr/bin/sendEmail exists) and that was followed by this prompt:

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  php-mail-mime php-net-socket php-mdb2-driver-mysql php-mdb2 libpango1.0-common php5-gd
  libmcrypt4 libt1-5 libhal1 php-net-smtp php5-pspell libhal-storage1 libaudiofile0
  php5-mcrypt php-auth dbconfig-common tinymce php-mail-mimedecode
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.

Earlier, the above list of packages to remove included courier-ssl which I removed, but I'm not sure about the others. Should I keep these packages or remove them?


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You can safely remove these packages. They are no longer needed by the OS.

  • 4
    would the line of code "sudo apt-get autoremove" work?
    – codesmith
    Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 2:08
  • 1
    Yes. That is the correct command. Commented Oct 11, 2012 at 2:21
  • Might still be needed when ZFS on root with snapshots? Or can one rule this out as well?
    – stephanmg
    Commented Sep 1, 2021 at 16:56

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