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#1 2010-07-15 08:49:15

elumbella
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Registered: 2010-02-15
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How to determine unused programs?

Hi!

I'm running Statler on an Asus eeePC, thus I don't have a big harddrive. So I was wondering if there is a possibility to find out, which programs/tools /etc. I dont use? I don't want to go through all the installed packages manually...
I love the idea of #!-zero, but I don't want to reinstall when it should finally be released.

So, any suggestions?

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#2 2010-07-15 11:46:53

benj1
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From: Yorkshire, England
Registered: 2009-09-05
Posts: 1,084

Re: How to determine unused programs?

popularity-contest

I thought it was installed by default, but i don't seem to have it, its in the repos anyway


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#3 2010-07-15 13:24:58

elumbella
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Re: How to determine unused programs?

That definitely looks interesting! I'll give it a try, at a short look it looks very promising.
Thanks a lot benj1!

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#4 2010-07-15 14:23:53

oupsemma
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From: Cumbria / UK
Registered: 2008-12-06
Posts: 317

Re: How to determine unused programs?

If it's a 4G or a 2G you're having, elumbella, you could gain some space with the following advices:
http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=32248&p=1


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#5 2010-07-15 15:16:52

winotree
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Registered: 2010-03-26
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Re: How to determine unused programs?

benj1 wrote:

popularity-contest

I thought it was installed by default, but i don't seem to have it, its in the repos anyway

On my latest re-install of Statler alpha-2 it was an option to participate.  Does that also make it an option for it to be installed? 

oupsemma offered an excellent link -- if you do nothing else do localepurge.

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#6 2010-07-15 16:30:01

benj1
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From: Yorkshire, England
Registered: 2009-09-05
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Re: How to determine unused programs?

winotree wrote:
benj1 wrote:

popularity-contest

I thought it was installed by default, but i don't seem to have it, its in the repos anyway

On my latest re-install of Statler alpha-2 it was an option to participate.  Does that also make it an option for it to be installed?

i don't know, I noticed it in /usr/bin i while ago, when i was on ubuntu, ive never used it, i only remembered it because of the name.


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#7 2010-07-15 17:01:06

winotree
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Re: How to determine unused programs?

If you opt out  during install it is not installed by default.  Reckon it figures.  neutral

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#8 2010-07-15 17:24:50

anonymous
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From: Arch Linux Forums
Registered: 2008-11-29
Posts: 9,418

Re: How to determine unused programs?

BTW I think popularity-contest tracks which programs are most used for all users not just your system, so I don't know if it won't really help in that sense. Unfortunately, I don't think there is any automatic way to remove unnecessary packages. Its mostly a matter of knowing what programs you use. If you don't use bluetooth, remove it. Don't need printing, remove CUPS. etc.

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#9 2010-07-15 18:22:33

oupsemma
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From: Cumbria / UK
Registered: 2008-12-06
Posts: 317

Re: How to determine unused programs?

Wasn't aware of the cruft abilities:
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/debian-li … space.html
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linu … 19445.aspx
http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/file
No time to test it tonight, but perhaps one of you already has?


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#10 2010-07-15 18:56:22

valbaca
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From: Texas
Registered: 2010-07-14
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Re: How to determine unused programs?

Perhaps starting from Crunchbang Lite and adding what you know you will need would be a better route? Or perhaps just focusing on whether you need the notoriously large programs (web browsers, OpenOffice, etc.) and use smaller alternatives.


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#11 2010-07-15 20:09:55

oupsemma
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From: Cumbria / UK
Registered: 2008-12-06
Posts: 317

Re: How to determine unused programs?

Using Aptitude seems to be the answer, you'll find some commands in there:
http://www.debianhelp.org/node/4074
http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/462


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#12 2010-07-16 04:37:36

johnraff
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Registered: 2009-01-07
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Re: How to determine unused programs?

If you start up synaptic, on the left choose "status", click "installed" then click on the "Size" column at the top and you'll get the biggest packages first. There might be some candidates for removal there. (Be careful though!)


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