update-notifier-common dependency - what for?

Asked by anatoly techtonik

byobu includes update-notifier-common dependency, which in turn includes gconf2, which requires 8 other dependencies that eventually seems to bring the whole GNOME subsystem. What is the reason for console byobu to have this update-notifier-common dependency? I can see updates notifications even without it.

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Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) said :

kirkland@x61:~$ apt-cache depends update-notifier-common
  Depends: python-apt
  Recommends: libpam-modules
  Replaces: update-notifier

I don't see gconf2 in there ...

Byobu definitely should not bring in Gnome. What distro/version are
you seeing this in?

update-notifier-common is used to assist in showing the updates
available for Byobu.


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anatoly techtonik (techtonik) said :

Debian 5.01 Lenny
update-notifier-common 0.70.7.debian-5

$ apt-cache depends update-notifier-common
  Depends: gconf2
  Depends: python
  Replaces: update-manager
  Replaces: update-notifier


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Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) said :

Well, it's really a problem with the update-notifier-common package in
Lenny, pulling in graphical stuff. That should not be necessary for
the common package.

Byobu needs it for the updates available check:
 * update-notifier-common: /usr/lib/update-notifier/apt-check


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