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Re: Exploring package interrelationships

In-Reply-To: <477d42e4-bc60-86cc-94af-7adb1a514c79@xxxxxxxxxxx>

>An illustration of the opposite of what I want is task-mate-desktop.
>In what I want only the top level menu headings [Applications Places 
>System] would exist. Under Applications the sub-headings [Accessories 
>Education Graphics etc] may exist but their contents would be empty.

I don't think your proposed procedure would get you a menu setup like you 
say you want.

>proposed procedure:
>Do a minimal install of a CLI system.
>Follow with "apt-get install" of a very minimal set of MATE components.
>[Pluma, Caja, and Synaptic would be included]

See, by installing these mate components you will also pull in some things 
that will be listed in sub-menus you said should be empty.  The easiest 
way IME to find out what pulls in a pkg with a doodad that has a menu item 
is to install them one at a time and check the menu.  If you can't live 
with those dependencies, then immediately uninstall it and use 
autoremove with apt.  You are using apt, right?

>In past conversations it has been suggested that I do a typical install 
>and just un-install the un-desired elements:
>That is undesirable for two primary reasons:
>1. I would not reach my primary goal of "grok how packages interact".

It might help your understanding though.  I would try it that way, do a 
full install, then a full install without recommends, and observe what 
does and does not work the way you expect.  Don't forget the recommends 
when building your minimal system also.  Many programs work fine without 
them, but some lose major functionality... you don't know until you try.

Nobody can make the decisions because you're the one with the need and 
desire to grok the thing.  It's good, try it all out, break a few systems 
trying to do things you shouldn't.  It can really be an eye-opener how 
complicated pkg management is.

In the end, I think metapkgs with selective removal are best for the 
desktop environments though.  The way you want to do it is great for 
window manager setup...