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Re: suggested/recommended packages

Rick Pasotto wrote:
Packages often suggest or recommend other packages. Is there a program
that will check what I currently have installed for any suggested or
recommended packages that I do *not* have installed?

When a program is initially installed I may have no need for one or more
of the suggestions but then not be aware of it when it becomes useful.

List any package which suggests packages not installed:
$ aptitude search ~i~Bsuggests

List any packcage which recommends packages not installed:
$ aptitude search ~i~Brecommends

Then, to see whether you are missing anything good:
$ aptitude show [package]

On woody you may need to use apt-cache for the "show" operation. I don't think the woody version of aptitude supports it.

Is this what you had in mind?


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