I'm running the latest version of Ubuntu 09.10 (syphyllitic sphinx or whatever the heck the codename is) and I'm trying to figure out how to block a package from installing as the result of a dependency. For this example, let's say that I would like to make it so
bc is never installed, even though
ubuntu-desktop claims to require it. Is there an easy way to make it so when I do an update and there is a new version of
ubuntu-desktop it will never again try to install
I think that this make be possible using some custom dummy packages and
dpkg-divert or some such magic, but I just can't find some good docs on how to do it.
I'm also aware that doing something like this could cause a tear in the fabric of spacetime, but I'm willing to deal with that.