removing packages and dependencies

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Tue Oct 3 14:37:39 UTC 2006


Scott wrote:

> On Monday 02 October 2006 09:18 am, Christopher J. Bottaro
> (cjbottaro at alumni.cs.utexas.edu) spake thusly:
> 
>> How to I remove package A and all the packages that package A depends
>> on that aren't being used by other packages.
>> 
>> This is different that "apt-get remove package_A" which removes
>> package A and all packages that depend on package A.
>> 
> The deborphan package can be helpful in this area.
> 
> $ sudo apt-get install deborphan
> $ man deborphan
 
oops.  My bad.  It's been so long since I needed it.  Careful though -
deborphan usually finds a few packages that it thinks need to be removed
that shouldn't be - so don't try running it as a cron job :-)
-- 
derek





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