Re: how to tell what packages are unused on a debian server?
On Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:12:55 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> just a cleanup-related question but on a debian lenny server that i've
> inherited, i'm curious to know which packages have no value whatever and
> that i can delete. i recall there's a utility that will identify unused
> libraries but i'm curious about what else i can pinpoint that can be
> this system is a web/mail server and, since its IP address is
> assigned statically and another system is responsible for all DNS/DHCP
> functionality internally, i conclude that i can remove the dhcp-related
> packages. that's just one example.
Not that fast :-)
You may have installed packages that are "unused" but "needed" as a
dependency requirement of another packages that you want to keep.
If you are not facing space problems, I won't touch anything. What you
could do instead is disabling services you are not using at all, that's
what I use to do.