Debian Package a Day (debaday) wrote,

deborphan - Find orphaned libraries

deborphan finds "orphaned" packages on your system. It determines which packages have no other packages depending on their installation, and shows you a list of these packages. It is most useful when finding libraries, but it can be used on packages in all sections.

If you've had a Debian box running for a while that's had a lot of packages installed and removed, deborphan is a handy tool for finding some of the cruft1 that's accumulated on your system. It's especially handy at giving you a list of libraries that are no longer required (assuming packages have the appropriate dependencies documented).

More information on this package can be found on the Debian web site.
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1Yes, cruft. Would anyone care to write up a short comparison of the two to help folks choose which one is right for their needs.
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