My N900 has diffmo as an essential package; safe to remove?
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Hi Maemo users, I wanted to install diffutils-gnu on my N900, but it seems to conflict with diffmo, and diffmo seems to be "essential". I'm not a Debian guy and am not entirely familiar with how the apt-stuff works and why this package is essential. As far as I can tell, no other (installed) packages depend on it, but I may not be looking it up properly. I don't remember installing it but it's entirely possible that I did one day and just don't remember. So I suppose I have two questions: 1) What causes a package to become "essential"? 2) Is it actually safe to remove diffmo? I don't want an unbootable device or anything bad like that. Thanks. Some apt-output is below: Nokia-N900:~# apt-get -s install diffutils-gnu Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages will be REMOVED: diffmo The following NEW packages will be installed: diffutils-gnu WARNING: The following essential packages will be removed. This should NOT be done unless you know exactly what you are doing! diffmo 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 1 to remove and 2 not upgraded. Remv diffmo [1:2.8.1-21] Inst diffutils-gnu (1:2.8.1-18maemo3 Extras:2.0/fremantle-1.3, Extras-devel:2.0/fremantle, Extras-testing:2.0/fremantle) Conf diffutils-gnu (1:2.8.1-18maemo3 Extras:2.0/fremantle-1.3, Extras-devel:2.0/fremantle, Extras-testing:2.0/fremantle) Nokia-N900:~# apt-cache rdepends diffmo diffmo Reverse Depends: colordiffmo diffutils-gnu Nokia-N900:~# apt-get remove colordiffmo diffutils-gnu Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package colordiffmo is not installed, so not removed Package diffutils-gnu is not installed, so not removed 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded. _______________________________________________ maemo-users mailing list maemo-users@xxxxxxxxx https://lists.maemo.org/mailman/listinfo/maemo-users