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Tech Tip: Removing Unnecessary Packages on Debian Systems

Article Source Linux Journal
August 11, 2009, 6:39 am

The command deborphan can be used to check for unnecessary (orphaned) packages. By default deborphan searches for orphaned libraries, but you can have it search for other types of packages also: data packages, dev packages, etc. by specifying one of its many --guess-* command line options.

If you don't have deborphan installed you can install it via:

$ sudo apt-get install deborphan

 

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