Deborphan cleanup until no more orphaned packages left
Published: 11-01-2016 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
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Deborphan removes packages it thinks your system doesn't need anymore. It is a great tool for package cleanup and maintenance. Sometimes, after cleaning up the packages, it will find new packages that are orphaned (because you just cleaned up).
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This is a small script that cleans up with deborphan until there is nothing more to cleanup.
First install deborphan, otherwise the script will not work:
apt-get install deborphan
This is the script:
#!/bin/bash # run deborphan and remove the output packages untill there are no more while true; do if [[ $(deborphan --guess-all) ]]; then apt-get purge `deborphan --guess-all` apt-get --purge autoremove else break fi done
Make sure to review the packages that are going to be deleted, not keeping an
eye could result in a broken system. If you add
-y you're on your own.