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Re: How to uninstall Emacs?

From: Rodolfo Medina
Subject: Re: How to uninstall Emacs?
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:34:59 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

Bob Proulx <address@hidden> writes:

> Rodolfo Medina wrote:
>> Bob Proulx writes:
>> >   deb jessie main contrib non-free
>> Thanks: in my sources.list I have the non-free section:
>>         deb unstable main contrib non-free
> Oh!  You are running sid.  And using the truly global generic
> alias for  AFAIK that is a
> single machine.  That isn't so good.
> It would be better to use the redirector service for a
> geographically dynamic redirection.  It is relatively new but has been
> proving itself very useful and robust.

Thanks, I'll do so.

> Additionally when running sid there are times when transitions occur
> and dependent packages are removed.  It is a best practice for sid
> users to also include testing too.  That way during transitions things
> generally continue to be intallable.  This is just one of the things
> that person running Sid Unstable is expected to know.  Because
> Unstable isn't recommended for people who don't.
> I recommend this for you for a generic Sid Unstable system.
>   deb sid main contrib non-free
>   deb-src sid main contrib non-free
>   deb testing main contrib non-free
>   deb-src testing main contrib non-free

Thanks.  The two last lines relatives to `testing' will be used by the system
only if the first two, relatives to `sid', should fail?

>> To do so, I should now:
>>  # aptitude purge emacs24
>>  # aptitude install emacs
>> ?
> No.  Do not purge 'emacs24' as the installation of 'emacs' would
> immediately install 'emacs24' again.  That would be silly.

I was referring to what you said:

> Additionally instead of installing "emacs24" directly it is better to
> install the "emacs" package.  That will always depend upon the best
> version available.  Previously it was emacs23.  In Jessie it is
> emacs24.  In this way emacs is automatically upgraded.  If only
> emacs24 is installed then the assumption is that you don't want to
> upgrade when emacs25 becomes available.



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