apt with automatic install/remove tracking

Michael Vogt michael.vogt at ubuntu.com
Tue Jul 4 13:18:08 BST 2006

Dear Friends,

the latest apt upload ( to edgy has support for
tracking of automatically installed dependencies (in the spirit of
aptitude). Just use apt-get/synaptic/python-apt/adept as usual and it
keep a journal of automatically installed dependencies in
/var/lib/apt/extended_states. See [1] for more details.

Use "apt-get remove --auto-remove" to see a list of suggestions what
packages are auto-installed and no longer needed. The latest synaptic
upload also has a new status entry "Installed (auto removable)" that
will list the packages that can be auto-removed. 

Please test this feature and see if it makes sensible suggestions and
if the tracking works as expected. And please double-check the
suggestions first before pressing "y" :) Mail any problems/suggests
directly to me. I will be on vacation next week, so my replies may
take a bit.

Aptitude is not updated yet to use the same database, but this will
(hopefuly) be fixed very soon.


P.S. Please send them really to me. The mailing lists are busy enough
already :)

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PackageDependencyManagement
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