Debian Linux: remove orphaned packages

deborphan command finds packages that have no packages depending on them. The default operation is to search only within the libs and oldlibs sections to hunt down unused libraries.

$ deborphan -sz


  • -s: Show the sections the packages are in.
  • -z: Show the installed size of the packages found.


You can remove orphaned package with apt-get remove command:

# apt-get remove packagename


Alternatively, remove all orphaned package in one command:

# apt-get remove $(deborphan)


Better try:

# apt-get remove --purge $(deborphan)

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