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Re: how to tell what packages are unused on a debian server?

Hi Andrei,

Andrei Popescu wrote:
On Sb, 30 oct 10, 19:42:34, Andrew McGlashan wrote:
Andrei Popescu wrote:
On Sb, 30 oct 10, 14:05:37, Andrew McGlashan wrote:
[I created my own aptitude "front-end" which has logging]
How is this different from /var/log/aptitude ?
Okay, I didn't know that was there, but the logging I do is different.

Would you mind going into details? Are you aware of /var/log/dpkg.log too? How about sending a patch to aptitude?

In a nutshell, I capture all the standard output from an install in one file, together with a "show" of the package [as it was at install time] -- not sure I'll ever need to refer back to this.

The other things I do are to keep a simple history of all aptitude use by logging the parameters used for each invocation.

If packages are removed or installed, I create a new set of files that describes the installed packages -- this is so that I can track changes over time.

All the "extra" stuff that I do is there to help documents somewhat changes to the system.

At the end of the day, the standard /var/log/dpkg.log and /var/log/aptitude will probably give enough info for most people -- so I can't see any benefit in patching something that isn't broken, it is only different to the logging that I create for myself. My simple script is there for anyone who wants it -- it is pretty basic, but effective for my needs.

I guess my main objective is to provide an historical picture of what was installed when and such information might be useful for machine rebuilds or as a reference for a completely new build on another machine.

Kind Regards

Andrew McGlashan
Broadband Solutions now including VoIP

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