[clug] debfoster..

Paul TBBle Hampson Paul.Hampson at Pobox.com
Mon Apr 27 07:07:30 GMT 2009

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:52:41AM +1000, Sam Couter wrote:
> Andrew Janke <a.janke at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Just discovered a new toy for the debian/Ubuntu'ites.
>> Sort of akin to deborphan it allows you to "clean up" by going through
>> a list of packages that require the most number of other packages
>> installed and you can choose to keep them or not.

> I used to use debfoster, and before that deborphan, but these days
> neither of them are necessary. Aptitude already does what they do.

apt-get itself has also grown automatic-installation dependency
tracking, but I still use deborphan for tracking down things I might
have pulled in by hand or transitional packages which aren't
automatically installed.

I didn't like debfoster because I had to think about each package in
turn, while with deborphan I could go through the list it produced and
cherry-pick the big and easy-to-recognise things first.

Paul "TBBle" Hampson, B.Sc, LPI, MCSE
Very-later-year Asian Studies student, ANU
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Paul.Hampson at Pobox.com

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