[kwlug-disc] Photo Managment

Ron Singh ronsingh149 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 17:48:50 EST 2019

You are correct Sir,

FF was the only browser(default on Mint) installed and I used the "-y"
switch when I tossed FF to bring in FF-ESR.
No Qs were asked(understandably?) and my OS died.
I supposed it would have been recoverable, but I was terribly new at it
some 27 months ago.

Khalid, that fact that you have done -upgrade since 12.04 to now and not
have an issue(until 18.04 it seems) -- Sir, you are a BOLD man.
I am much to chicken to do upgrades, as a scarred refugee from the MS
world. I tend to do do a bare-metal install as I keep /home on a separate
drive anyway.


Ron Singh

On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 7:22 PM Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 2:43 PM Ron Singh <ronsingh149 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I did the autoremove thing and proceeded to clobber the OS, rendering a
>> non-booting system(Thinkpad T430s).
>> I did it with Ubuntu Xfce too, same issue.
> That is really strange ...
> See, I have this alias on all my boxes:
> alias auf='sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude full-upgrade && sudo *apt-get
> autoremove*'
> And I run auf when I get emails from apticron that updates are available.
> Never had an issue with autoremove.
> And rarely there has been any other issue, except when using PPAs that
> have conflicting dependencies.
> I need to research what really goes on with remove/autoremove/purge.
> The way I understand it is that:
> remove: uninstall the package but keep its files where they are.
> purge: explicitly removes a package that you do not need, and its files.
> In the both of the above cases, you will be prompted if it breaks
> dependencies of other packages on your system.
> autoremove: removes things that are superseded or no longer needed. These
> are mostly specific versions of
> linux-image packages that are installed via a meta package. When you
> install v5, then v4, and v5 will be in
> your grub menu, but v3 is no longer needed and should be autoremoved.
> Other instances of autoremoving are rare.
> Seems like "remove" ditches the program but leaves config files and
>> dependencies behind(which I am fine with).
>> I think autoremoving Firefox(baked into the ISO) also removed it's
>> dependencies which other apps/OS also needed to run properly.
> I am guessing that what happened is Firefox was your only browser, so
> www-browser would resolve to it, and many
> packages depend on www-browser.
> When you removed (or purged) firefox, you removed www-browser, and then
> all those other packages that
> depended on it complained. You are usually prompted on what you want to do
> (leave dependencies broken,
> remove some more stuff, ...etc)
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