5 Tips for Managing Debian Packages
Jun 14, 2011, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Debian's package tools (dpkg, the APT suite and utilities like aptitude) make the basics of installing and managing packages very easy. When you want to do more complex things, however, they're still easy(ish), but the options or tools you want are not as well-advertised.
"One thing that is often useful is to know why a package was installed. To find out, we want to use the aptitude utility, which will provide this very easily and quickly. Use aptitude why packagename to find out what package requires or suggests the package."