[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#506406: xfce4: apt bug causes gdm to pull in unneeded/unwanted gnome dependencies

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Tue Jan 6 22:48:37 UTC 2009

On mar, 2009-01-06 at 16:06 -0500, Daniel Dickinson wrote:
> Perhaps it's only when one tries to install xfce after doing a
> standard
> install and not when using an xfce cd  (that's when it showed up for
> me).  So probably tasksel is fine, the problem is that if you apt-get
> or aptitude|select task, then it pulls in the stuff.  Nautilus and
> that
> are only probably only pulled in because of recommends when installing
> after-the-fact and gnome-session is a bug in aptitude and apt.  

Wait. It's been days that we look for a bug at install time.

If you want to install xfce *after* that, just use apt-get install xfce4
If you want the task, then yes use aptitude install xfce-desktop

You can manually tweak the command line to say that you don't want
gnome-session or whatever. And I don't think apt-get can install tasks
directly so the bug only triggers when you do that with aptitude.

Anyway, I'm *really* lost about where we are, what the problem really
is, and what exactly we are wanting to do to solve it.

Frans: basically, you were not really involved in the loop, sorry,
that's not d-i related in any way. We don't need to change anything in
tasks for Lenny, so we stay with gdm and it'll be fine.

Cheers and thanks,
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