More information from Julian Klode
(https://github.com/hughsie/PackageKit/issues/201#issuecomment-364363222):

"Sure, it's an option given to backends, see
pk_backend_remove_packages() - it's a parameter in the Dbus API's
RemovePackages() method. In the client API, you can specify it as a
boolean parameter for pk_client_remove_packages_async.

But it's not the kind of autoremove that would be correct for gnome-
software - gnome-software needs to remove "new garbage", that is only
packages that become unused as a result of the removal and not any other
unrelated garbage that has accumulated over time."

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Title:
  gnome software leaves dependencies installed

Status in GNOME Software:
  Invalid
Status in Release Notes for Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in aptdaemon package in Ubuntu:
  New
Status in gnome-software package in Ubuntu:
  Triaged
Status in packagekit package in Ubuntu:
  New

Bug description:
  Using gnome software (or another PackageKit or aptdaemon based UI) to
  install an application - removal of that package leaves behind
  dependencies

  Installing an application with ubuntu software centre only leaves
  behind config files (seen in synaptic labelled for complete removal).

  After installing and then removing alarm clock with USC -

  sudo apt-get autoremove
  [sudo] password for wolf:
  Reading package lists... Done
  Building dependency tree
  Reading state information... Done
  0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 1 not to upgrade.

  After cleaning up and then reinstalling with gnome software, followed
  by the removal

  sudo apt-get autoremove
  Reading package lists... Done
  Building dependency tree
  Reading state information... Done
  The following packages will be REMOVED
    libappindicator1 libindicator7
  0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 2 to remove and 1 not to upgrade.
  After this operation, 184 kB disk space will be freed.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
  Package: gnome-software 3.19.92~git20160303.26a927d-0ubuntu1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-10.25-generic 4.4.3
  Uname: Linux 4.4.0-10-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.20-0ubuntu3
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: XFCE
  Date: Thu Mar  3 16:23:45 2016
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-10-29 (126 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Alpha amd64 (20151029)
  SourcePackage: gnome-software
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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