How to find what 'new' packages have been installed?

Joep L. Blom jlblom at
Thu Nov 13 09:04:25 UTC 2008

Mario Vukelic schreef:
> On Wed, 2008-11-12 at 22:11 -0800, Ray Parrish wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I don't know how to get a list of the programs I've installed in Ubuntu 
>> myself, but I do know a couple of ways of looking up a list of *all* of 
>> the software installed on your system.
> <snip>
>> cd /usr/share/doc
> <snip>
>> ls -a --group-directories-first
> <snip>
>> file:///var/lib/dpkg/status
>> It's a text file so you can load it in your web browser.
> An easier way to get a list of all installed packages is "dpkg
> -l" (whose output can be redirected into a file or piped into a pager).
> dpkg -l will also tell you the installed version and a one-liner about
> the purpose of the package as well as its installation status.
> There is also "dpkg --get-selections", but note that the corresponding
> --set-selections is not recommended to set the installed packages for
> whole systems, because it will set all packages to "manually installed"
Easiest way:
  dpkg -l|sort > packagelist.txt
And read it with gedit. You get an enumerated list of all your packages.
Thanks Mario. I did it in Fedora with rpm

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