So I typed in my terminal

sudo apt-get remove --purge xterm

and the system then proceeded to uninstall a lot of packages. After the uninstallation was complete I typed xterm and it opened the terminal normally. What was deleted then ? I tried upgrading the system, but nothing was downloaded. Is Xterm essential to the system ? Can I remove it ? How ?

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The package manager (apt) will not allow you to remove xterm. This is there to protect you from yourself. If you attempt to remove it, it'll just install the 32bit package (xterm:i386). This is an essential part of an X11 system.

  • so I should not be worries about the removed packages right ? They were installed again afterwards ? Dec 31, 2016 at 19:17
  • It really depends. I don't know what you removed. I believe, for example, Steam depends on xterm. Jan 1, 2017 at 7:42

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