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Re: Reliability of deborphan?

On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 08:33:15PM -0500, Douglas Tutty wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 12, 2006 at 11:54:55AM +0000, andy wrote:
> > Hey all
> > 
> > I've stumbled across references to "deborphan" to help maintain my 
> > system. I've installed it and read the man so think that I have a 
> > reasonable basic knowledge for what it is meant to do, so have run 
> > deborphan -zs and have been given a list of files. In theory, I should 
> > be able to zap these to recycle the electrons and save space. But ... 
> > how reliable is deborphan in identifying truly-orphaned-safe-to-delete 
> > files ?
> > 
> > Any body have experience to share?
> > 
> I tried deborphan and debfoster before I tried aptitude.  I found
> aptitude far superior.  Use aptitude in the UI mode (not the command
> line mode), set it to not automatically install recommends or suggests,
> and go down the list of installed packages and mark anything that you
> don't specifically want installed as automaic (toggle with M and m).
> When you think that you have everything right, hit 'g' for go and it
> will give you a list of packages to remove (and suggests others but
> doesn't select them).  If there is anything on this list that you
> missed, mark it here as manual.  When you're happy, hit 'g' again and it
> will remove extraneous packages.
> After this, it will manage the packages with no further detail tweaking
> like this.  Its great.

I did the same yesterday. It saved me 50+ MB :D

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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