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    Default running clean, autoclean, autoremove in BT5

    Given that BackTrack 5 is a customized & specialized distro of ubuntu, I was wondering about the wisdom of running apt-get clean, autoclean, or autoremove. I read the man pages for apt-get as a refresher, but as far as I know, that may not necessarily cover BackTrack.

    I like to keep my installs clean & tidy, but not at the expense of system stability. Would dependencies, packages, etc be incorrectly removed because of the BT5 customization?
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    Default Re: running clean, autoclean, autoremove in BT5

    A week ago I had BT 5 kde 32 bit up and running with LUKS encryption (for the tutorial on this see the "HOW TO" tab).
    Everything was stable until running "apt-get autoremove", the next boot gave an error.
    Probably because "apt-get autoremove" removed cryptsetup which was needed to boot.

    Havn't tested it on a non encrypted setup though.

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    Default Re: running clean, autoclean, autoremove in BT5

    Thanks for the feedback I'll do an install of BT5 in a virtual machine, and do some further testing. I know using apt-get autoremove will prompt you before removing anything, but I'm not as familiar with the clean and autoclean options. Perhaps I'll try those in my VM.
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