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Re: [solved] Re: How to uninstall Emacs?


From: Rodolfo Medina
Subject: Re: [solved] Re: How to uninstall Emacs?
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:53:44 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> writes:

> Rodolfo Medina <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> Then, what about the above emacs24-common-non-dfsg
>> package? Will it be also automatically upgraded to
>> future Emacs versions?
>
> The package manager is like a tree data structure.
> It determines what software depend on what other
> software. It does compilation order, to. If software
> C depends on B and B depends on A, and you don't have
> A and B but install C, you'll get A and B in the
> bargain. If you then attempts to uninstall B while
> under the influence, the package manager will tell you
> this will break C, which will make you sober up a bit.
> If you still want to do it the next day it is of
> course possible, but in essence:
>
> 1) Don't worry about it.
>
> 2) Don't uninstall anything - this isn't Windoze:
>    software which you don't use don't bother anyone,
>    they aren't bulky on the disk and they don't run in
>    the supposed "background", they are just a binary
>    file mostly up to no good so just let them be.
>
> 3) Don't be conservative installing stuff for the same
>    reason as (2) - whenever you think "maybe" you need
>    it, it "might" be the thing you look for, that
>    "sounds" interesting, etc. - that means you should
>    install it (again, unless the package manager warns
>    you it'll break something)
>
> 4) Be conservative with upgrades. There is no need to
>    be hysterical about it. Not every piece of software
>    needs to be at the most advanced version.
>    Upgrade your main software once in a while.
>    The rest of the software will upgrade automatically
>    in time - if you do it explicitly, do it for
>    a reason (e.g., you suspect you've come across
>    a bug that has been fixed in a more recent
>    version). Don't do it because you are hysterical
>    about it.
>
> Remember, "the only thing to fear is fear itself".
>
> The computer is a machine which is fun to muck around
> with, but it is also a tool to do useful things.
> If you muck around too much, that will be all you do,
> because it'll reproduce. There are nuances: Elisp
> programming mucking can be educative and productive in
> the long run, but being neurotic about version numbers
> and inter-software dependencies is on the flip side of
> it. You know what I'm saying?

I do and much agree with you.  I just wish to let Debian to automatically
upgrade my Emacs.

Thanks,

Rodolfo




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