As far as I can tell, triggerhappy is a daemon for handling custom input. Since I have no direct use for this functionality (and there are no rules in /etc/triggerhappy/triggers.d/ by default) I want to remove it (for security/performance/OCD reasons).

But when I try to do so, apt-get removes raspi-config too, since its package depends on triggerhappy.

admin@rpi:/ $ sudo apt-get remove triggerhappy
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  raspi-config triggerhappy
Removing raspi-config (20160225) ...
Removing triggerhappy (0.3.4-2) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ( ...
admin@rpi:/ $ 

At first glace, this dependency doesn't make any sense to me.

Why does raspi-config depend on triggerhappy?

  • Why do you want to remove it?
    – Milliways
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 23:25
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    @Milliways I don't have a specific reason to remove it, other than I don't like having software I don't use running in the background.
    – Hydraxan14
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 22:08

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Triggerhappy is only used in raspi-config's init script, see line 17 of the init script. There it checks if any of the Shift keys is hold down at boot time to disable the ondemand scaling governor.

That means that raspi-config itself does not really need triggerhappy, just its boot up script. And the way that script uses thd doesn't seem to need the daemon running.

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    I've created a patch against raspi-config to make the dependency on triggerhappy optional and filed a pull request for inclusion Commented May 5, 2016 at 19:19
  • 3
    Merged already. Wow! :-) Commented May 5, 2016 at 19:27
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    With the update of raspi-config released earlier this week, triggerhappy has been downgraded from Depends to Recommends and hence now can be uninstalled without issues. Now that went quick. :-) Commented May 13, 2016 at 11:05
  • where can I find list to tell which service is Depends or Recommends?
    – Lightsout
    Commented Oct 11, 2019 at 20:23
  • @bakalolo: Use apt-cache show, its output has lines starting with Depends, Recommends and Suggests, e.g. apt-cache show triggerhappy | egrep 'Depends|Recommends|Suggests'. Alternatively look on packages.debian.org for those packages which are used unmodified in Raspbian, too. (Actually most packages are, but not those coming from the archive.raspberrypi.org repo — these include raspi-config as it's coming from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and not from Debian.) Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 9:54

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