On Thu 01 Dec 2016 at 18:38:45 +0000, Rodolfo Medina wrote:
> Curt <cu...@free.fr> writes:
> > I think in the OP's case having asked for the whole Gnome kit and
> > caboodle upon installation he's got lots of stuff he might not even be
> > aware of necessarily that doesn't fall into the auto category (or the
> > high priority required category either), but that he didn't expressly
> > install. I guess I'm just repeating what you already said though. I
> > suppose the confusion derives from the fact that the word manual
> > connotes "requiring human effort," and certain manual packages appear
> > on our systems effortlessly.
> The present thread has collected many replies whose I thank all that kindly
> contributed. But I unfortunately see no real solution to the general problem
> put to myself of which the uninstallation of Gnome is only an example.
But you never tried uninstalling GNOME as advised. Solving the general
proceeds from solvng the particular.
> Suppose that, during months and years, you have installed many packages in
> Debian system that you no more want and no more use, and that you want to free
> some space on disk because your machine is old with a small hard disk. The
> problem is what packages you can be really sure and safe to remove.
You lay out the problem clearly. There is no silver bullet. You cannot
always be sure but you can imagine biting it. Trust the packaging system
and your own judgement.