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I want to remove empathy from debian 6.0. But when I try to do it, Synaptic tells that it will remove gnome and gnome-dekstop env.

So how to remove empathy without removing gnome?

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apt-get remove empathy
aptitude keep-all

This is because you installed Gnome by metapackage, rather then selective packages. More information about this problem is in this post:

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=39045#p229130

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first command tells me that it will remove gnome and gnome-desktop-env and bunch for autoremove %) –  Jevgeni Smirnov Mar 22 '12 at 8:15
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