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[ubuntu/bionic-proposed] update-manager 1:18.04.11 (Accepted)

On Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 02:53:13PM -0400, Jeremy Bicha wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 1:13 PM, Brian Murray <brian at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > Why is it necessary to modify individual packages so that GNOME
> > Software won't uninstall them?
> >
> > Is update-manager being a dependency of ubuntu-desktop not enough to
> > prevent it from being uninstalled?
> Thank you for asking.
> GNOME Software does not notify the user about dependencies that will
> be uninstalled. Packages and dependencies are details that are not
> exposed at all to users of GNOME Software.
> > If it is necessary to modify every package which a metapackage depends
> > on how is this work being tracked?
> Nothing is tracking this. I am making sure that the AppStream metadata
> is in place and set correctly for ubuntu-desktop only. The apps that
> are depends of ubuntu-desktop are gnome-control-center, nautilus,
> software-properties-gtk, update-manager, and yelp. Recommends are not
> a problem as they can be removed without removing the metapackage.

Won't this same work, setting up AppStream metadata, need to happen for
every Ubuntu flavor that includes GNOME software? [I just tried
uninstalling abiword on a Lubuntu 18.04 system and lubuntu-desktop was
also removed.]

Is there no way to sort this out in GNOME software?

Brian Murray