I am used to install ubuntu servers, and I want them to use the less disk possible. So I usually install packages adding the flag –no-install-recommends. But I needed to include the flag each time. So this time I learned…
How to avoid the automatic installation of the recommended packages in Ubuntu
This is a very simple trick that I found in this post, but I want to keep it simple for me to find it.
It is needed to include some settings in one file in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/. In order to isolate these settings, I will create a new file:
$ cat > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99_disablerecommends <\EOF APT::Install-Recommends "false"; APT::AutoRemove::RecommendsImportant "false"; APT::AutoRemove::SuggestsImportant "false"; EOF
And from now on, when you issue apt-get install commands, the recommended packages will not be installed.
IMPORTANT: now that you have installed all those recommended packages, you can get rid of them just issuing a command like the next one:
$ apt-get autoremove --purge