Ubuntu – What are dependencies


Sometimes, when installing things its says "dependencies" are missing.

What are dependencies?

Best Answer

  • https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware#Package_Dependencies

    A dependency is a file that something you are trying to install requires.

    You can see what dependencies something requires at packages.ubuntu.com

    For instance http://packages.ubuntu.com/saucy/firefox

    You can see that firefox has dependencies, recommends and suggests.


    Put simply you need dependencies, you can get away without recommends and suggests.

    I use an xfce system - I used to install nautilus - to install that I did so without installing the recommends.

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