Re: how to tell what packages are unused on a debian server?
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 removed.
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.
any utilities that can help out in this regard? thanks.
A Debian package called "deborphan" might be useful.
When you remove items, you may want to purge them to be "cleaner".
Also, if you are not sure why a package is installed, you can do an
"aptitude why packagename" and it will (hopefully) give you the extra
information you need.
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