Re: Reverse Depends on packages
On Sun, May 05, 2002 at 10:50:01PM -0400, David Z Maze wrote:
> Mike Fedyk <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Is there a tool, or series of commands that'll help me find packages
> > that are not depended on anymore in the debian packaging system?
> These days I tend to use aptitude as my standard dpkg/APT front-end.
> Current aptitude (possibly only the version in unstable) has a feature
> to check this on its own. If you type 'M' into aptitude, the package
> on the current line will be marked with an 'A' (and possibly also
> marked for removal). That mark means that the package has been
> Automatically installed, and so it will automatically get removed if
> aptitude notices that no other installed packages depend on it. You
> likely want to mark everything in the 'libs' section this way, along
> with a number of package in the 'interpreters' section, depending on
> how you're using your system.
Aptitude has, no doubt, come along quite nicely in the last couple of
months. I use it on my unstable setup. It boasts tracking packages
installed solely to satisfy a dependency as a feature. The user manual
has a special section, "Tracking Unused Packages," just for this
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