brltty depends on ubuntu-mate-desktop

John G Heim jheim at
Wed Sep 2 13:39:16 UTC 2015

Actually, I figured it out. It seems rather obvious now but the problem 
is that ubuntu-mate-desktop depends on brltty, not the other way around. 
If you type 'dpkg -p ubuntu-mate-desktop', it shows both brltty and 
brltty-x11 listed as dependencies. So the fact that brltty-x11 depends 
on brltty isn't really the issue.

The problem with uninstalling the meta package is that it's going to 
give you a whole list of other packages that are no longer needed and 
suggest that you uninstall  them with auto-remove.  That's a PITA. I am 
kind of surprised the developers of the ubuntu-mate-desktop package 
agreed to it. You'd think a lot of people would wonder why you can't 
uninstall brltty w/o removing the ubuntu-mate-desktop package. That's so 
counter-intuitive that at first I thought it must be a bug.

And it turns out that the problem with brltty is that it doesn't start 
via 'service brltty start' on my system. I'm not running a vanilla 
ubuntu desktop. I am sure it has something to do with this systemd 
versus upstart crap but I don't know if it was something I did or if it 
just doesn't work in ubuntu 15.04.

On 09/02/2015 06:36 AM, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> BTW, you can also just
> apt-get install --reinstall brltty
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