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I've just installed Lubuntu, and then I threw Cinnamon on top of it. Every time I log into any session: gnome, cinnamon, lxde, abiword opens immediately, as if I had told it to.

I'm not a fan of this in the least, but even more annoying is this:

$ apt purge abiword
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  abiword* lubuntu-desktop*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 5,027 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] ^C
$ apt remove abiword
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  abiword lubuntu-desktop
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 5,027 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] ^C

LXDE appears to require Abiword... even though Abiword is for GNOME. I don't really want Abiword (nor do I really want LXDE, but I think if I remove it, lightdm will break because it is fragile and wimpy, and then I will cry).

I could do echo > /usr/bin/abiword, but I'm afraid I might rupture LXDE, and this doesn't solve the problem that it's starting at login and there's no way to disable it (I've checked all the autostart settings; it isn't there).

Can I stop abiword, which is acting like a virus, from opening at boot?

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Goto Preferences > Default applications for LXDE > Autostart and disable Abiword. Also regarding lubuntu-desktop, from `Synaptic:

This metapackage package depends on all components of Lubuntu Desktop system.

It is also used to help ensure proper upgrades, but it can be safely removed if you want to remove some applications installed by default.

As it is just a meta package, so, removing it will not harm your environment at all. If you are still worried about the meta packages, then goto Ubuntu:

One of the handy features of apt (the packaging system used by Ubuntu) is the use of metapackages. These packages do not contain actual software, they simply depend on other packages to be installed. This setup allows entire sets of software to be installed by selecting only the appropriate metapackage. For example, an Ubuntu user can install the Kubuntu environment (KDE and all its associated programs) by selecting "kubuntu-desktop."

In there, it says that meta packages do not contain actual software. And in this list it says lubuntu-desktop is a meta package.

So, do not worry, go ahead and remove it.

  • thanks! I already tried to disable AbiWord in that menu, but I'll try again. – cat Jan 1 '16 at 2:27
  • Is there a way to make a custom metapackage? One that includes everything except Abiword for example? – user137 Oct 24 '16 at 1:45
  • @user137 - This answer is what you are looking for. – Raphael Oct 24 '16 at 2:24

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