I have Gnome Shell installed, and I want to remove the Epiphany browser. But when I click uninstall in the software center its says that Gnome-core is a dependency of Epiphany, so it will be uninstalled too.

Is there anyway I can remove Epiphany without removing Gnome?

On running sudo apt-get -s remove epiphany as a commenter suggests, returns as not installed. Its still in my program list though.

I found out, the package that is installed is epiphany-browser. On running sudo apt-get -s remove epiphany-browser it still wants to remove gnome-core.

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    Does it says gnome or gnome-shell, because gnome is a metapackage which can be uninstalled, and if you look at the dependencies in synaptic, it doesn't mention either gnome or gnome-shell. – Uri Herrera Dec 20 '12 at 2:28
  • Edited question. – Seth Dec 20 '12 at 2:32
  • Hmm how did you Installed Epiphany? – Uri Herrera Dec 20 '12 at 2:33
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    Run sudo apt-get -s remove epiphany in a terminal window. The -s option makes sure that nothing is removed, but you'll get the list of packages to review. Add it to the question if still unsure. – mikewhatever Dec 20 '12 at 2:37

Gnome-core is just a metapackage. You can remove it without much ill effect.

Its only provided files are a changelog and a copyright file. It won't "hold" dependencies installed, you run a minor risk there, but nothing major.


  • I uninstalled it and haven't had any ill effects. – Seth Dec 28 '12 at 5:23

You need to remove the epiphany-browser package. And if you installed any extra packages:

sudo apt-get remove epiphany-browser epiphany-browser-data epiphany-browser-data epiphany-extensions
  • It still says it will remove gnome-core – Seth Dec 20 '12 at 17:19

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