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#1 2021-02-24 23:30:49

Altoid
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Registered: 2017-05-07
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[Solved] firefox-esr installed by Beowulf 3.1 dist-upgrade

Hello:

One of the things I got when I went from ASCII to the latest Beowulf 3.1 was firefox-esr.

It was not installed in ASCII as I've been using Pale Moon for the longest while and this made me want to find out why it was there.
Maybe remnants of some meta-package?
An incomplete removal?

groucho@devuan:~$ aptitude why firefox
i   webhttrack Depends iceape-browser | iceweasel | icecat | mozilla | firefox | mozilla-firefox | www-browser
groucho@devuan:~$ 

Never heard of webhttrack or know what it does, so I asked again:

groucho@devuan:~$ aptitude why webhttrack
i   webhttrack Suggests httrack   
p   httrack    Suggests webhttrack
groucho@devuan:~$ 
groucho@devuan:~$ aptitude why httrack
i   webhttrack Suggests httrack
groucho@devuan:~$ 

Looks like a chicken/egg thing ...

Anyone know why webhttrack was installed in the first place, bringing in firefox-esr along with it?

TIA,

A.

Last edited by Altoid (2021-02-25 16:02:43)

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#2 2021-02-25 11:34:07

GlennW
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Re: [Solved] firefox-esr installed by Beowulf 3.1 dist-upgrade

It's a program that saves/backs-up websites. Mostly used by web site sys-admin types.

I used it to save neets, a navy electronics course site. :-)

You can save web page/s or entire sites (if you have permissions)

hope this helps.

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#3 2021-02-25 11:53:00

Altoid
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Re: [Solved] firefox-esr installed by Beowulf 3.1 dist-upgrade

Hello:

GlennW wrote:

... program that saves/backs-up websites.

Yes, I looked it up after posting.

But the thing is, why was it installed during my ASCII - Beowulf 3.1 dist-upgrade?
And dragging in a browser I did not want in my rig?

If I Firefox-esr had been part of my ASCII, it would have expected to have it upgraded.
But it was not.

And I don't recall ever installing httrack or webhttrack.
It's not in my pre-Beowulf timeshift snapshots.

Thanks for your input.

Cheers,

A.

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#4 2021-02-25 12:23:28

fsmithred
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Re: [Solved] firefox-esr installed by Beowulf 3.1 dist-upgrade

Look for those packages in /var/log/apt/history* to see when they were installed and what else was installed at the same time.

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#5 2021-02-25 14:54:59

Head_on_a_Stick
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Re: [Solved] firefox-esr installed by Beowulf 3.1 dist-upgrade

So what does aptitude do if you try to remove it?

aptitude --simulate purge firefox-esr

If it offers a choice keep refusing until it tells you there are no more options.

I seem to remember that the desktop task has a dependency on a virtual browser package that is satisfied by firefox-esr.


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#6 2021-02-25 16:02:12

Altoid
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Re: [Solved] firefox-esr installed by Beowulf 3.1 dist-upgrade

Hello:

fsmithred wrote:

Look for those packages in /var/log/apt/history* to see when they were installed ...

Done.
A huge print out, had to open it with pluma to get it decently formatted so as to search properly.

The first line of the log is dated 2017/05/01 and here's the first mention of webhttrack:

Start-Date: 2019-02-28  14:08:49
Commandline: /usr/sbin/synaptic
Requested-By: groucho (1000)
Install: libhttrack2:amd64 (3.48.24-1+b2, automatic), webhttrack:amd64 (3.48.24-1+b2), webhttrack-common:amd64 (3.48.24-1, automatic)
End-Date: 2019-02-28  14:09:02

So it looks like I installed it.
But I cannot recall doing it nor can I think of any use I could have had for it.
I'm absolutely sure that I never used it.

Maybe I clicked on the synaptic box accidentally?
No idea.

But I don't use synaptic anymore save for looking up packages or data so I expect this will not happen again.  8^7
I'll eventually get rid of it.

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

... does aptitude do if you try to remove it?

I removed all (firefox-esr, webhttrack and httrack) with no issues whatsoever.

Culprit found, problem solved.
Thanks a lot for you input.

Cheers,

A.

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