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I have installed Debian Jessie, in short:

  • graphical Installation
  • mostly options set to default
  • software selected to install:
    • Debian desktop
    • LXDE
    • SSH server
    • standard system utilities

Then execute simply:

sudo apt-get remove leafpad

This will trigger uninstallation also of lxde and task-lxde-desktop. Then

sudo apt-get autoremove

And this triggers removing of 229 packages, 406MB. boost, python, gnome, xdotool. Name it.

I am assuming that leafpad was last anchor keeping lxde in system, but.. why? Is there a way to mark lxde as "uninstallable"? Also I am using vim as my editor so I really don't need leafpad. How can I uninstall it leaving lxde?

  • You can hold a package: apt-mark hold <package> Note that this also prevents upgrades of <package>. – Marco Oct 21 '15 at 12:03

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