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Re: Finding unused packages

Noah Meyerhans <noahm@debian.org> writes:

> On Fri, Apr 19, 2002 at 03:00:34PM +0200, Matijs van Zuijlen wrote:
> > > Some time ago, I've read somewhere about a tool that can find installed 
> > > debian packages that are not used, based on atime of files that belong to 
> > > the packages.
> > 
> > I think you're looking for popularity-contest
> No, popularity contest is a means to report to Debian which packages are
> the most popular (i.e. what packages are installed on the most
> machines).

The script /usr/bin/popularity-contest simply generates a list of
packages installed on the system, ordered from most recently used to
least recently used.  Running

$ popularity-contest | grep '<OLD>'

will give a list of packages popularity contest considers old based on
atimes (more than a month old).  This is exactly what the original
poster was looking for.

Popularity contest can be configured to participate in the public
survey, but it's not necessary and is definitely not the sole purpose
of the package.

Brian Nelson <nelson@bignachos.com>

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