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After running apt remove *gnome* to get rid of gnome, apt autoremove wants to delete a whole lot of files, some which seem like they shouldn't be deleted?

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  • Why are you removing *gnome*? – edwinksl Aug 21 '17 at 19:40
  • Because it's a headless server – Eric Wolf Aug 21 '17 at 19:42
  • Why not just install Ubuntu Server right from the beginning then? – edwinksl Aug 21 '17 at 20:03
  • I did. I installed gnome because I thought that would make using it easier when I need to physically access it but it just caused more headaches and I want it gone. – Eric Wolf Aug 21 '17 at 20:04
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Here is a link to another discussion on apt-get autoremove.

From my experience it's best to simply disable Gnome than to remove it, if you want to start using it as a server. Gnome installs a bunch of drivers and software that you would use and if you uninstall Gnome, these packages needs to be added manually and could cause a lot of headache.

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