Ubuntu 14.04 image contains a lot of unneeded packages

  • Posted June 30, 2014

The Ubuntu 14.04 x32 image doesn’t seem to be cloud optimized. There’s a lot of extra cruft that shouldn’t be there (possibly because of the GUI version of wireshark)

The following commands help to clean up the image. apt-get --purge remove font* libx11* x11-* landscape-common w3m ntfs-3g ppp libxcl* apt-get --purge autoremove

I hope DigitalOcean will come with better default images that don’t contain all that cruft.


Just quick warning on this one. If you’re actually running things like nginx it could also be removed. This would likely be a good approach on a bare system before configuration. For what ever reason nginx-full has dependencies on

  • libxcb1:amd64
  • libx11-data
  • libx11-6:amd64
  • fonts-dejavu-core
  • fontconfig-config
  • libfontconfig1:amd64
  • libxpm4:amd64
  • libgd3:amd64 So when removing all those redundant package, at least as part of a server goes, it remove nginx as well.

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Note that @digitalocean.jj05’s solution may remove nginx. For some reason nginx depends on a font* package and purging them after my upgrade from 12.04 removed nginx as well. I was using ppa:nginx/stable but AFAIK ppa’s are disabled during an upgrade anyway.


That certainly doesn’t seem right. I’ll escalate this to one of our engineers to investigate.