I've just installed Linux Mint (Tara) on an old laptop. One of the first things I've done is removing Firefox using sudo apt purge firefox and installing Chromium.

Now, after doing sudo apt autoremove, sudo apt autoclean and sudo apt update, apt tells me that one of the packages that can be upgraded is firefox-locale-en. Shouldn't this package be removed when I unninstalled Firefox? Isn't firefox-locale-en a Firefox dependency?

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    "Isn't firefox-locale-en a Firefox dependency?" To answer that, run apt depends firefox.
    – DK Bose
    Nov 25 '18 at 11:07
  • Thanks for the answer. According to the command it isn't but why? What other purpose could that package have if it is not to work only with firefox?.
    – potato
    Nov 25 '18 at 11:10
  • Sorry, I don't know that else I'd have posted an answer!
    – DK Bose
    Nov 25 '18 at 11:14

There is no declared relationship, in Linux Mint, between the firefox package and the firefox-locale-en package; as a result, removing the former doesn’t result in the removal of the latter. It could make sense to have firefox-locale-en depend on firefox (the equivalent Debian packages do this); that way, removing firefox would force the removal of firefox-locale-en. Perhaps you could file a bug...

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