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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
Put this one-line function somewhere in your shell init, re-login and try
This is an elaborate wrapper around "dpkg -S", with numerous safeguards. Symlinks and command aliases are resolved. If the searched command is not an existing executable file or was installed by some other means than dpkg/apt, nothing is printed to stdout, otherwise the package name.
Just run this command and it will printout all the info available about your current distribution and package management system.
This has been my "sysupgrade" alias since ca. 2006, first used on Debian Sid, then Sabayon, and it still does its duty on Mint nowadays without breaking stuff.
In this example I am returning all the files in /usr/bin that weren't put there by pacman, so that they can be moved to /usr/local/bin where they (most likely) belong.
If you run dpkg --clear-selections or have otherwise selected installed packages for deinstall, but want to undo it, run this. It will set all installed packages back to installed status so that they won't be removed by commands like "dpkg -Pa"
This functionality seems to be missing from commands like dpkg. Ideally, I want to duplicate the behavior of rpm --verify, but it seems difficult to do this in one relatively short command pipeline.
This, like the other commands listed here, displays installed arch packages. Unlike the other ones this also displays the short description so you can see what that package does without having to go to google. It also shows the largest packages on top. You can optionally pipe this through head to display an arbitrary number of the largest packages installed (e.g. ... | head -30 # for the largest 30 packages installed)
Removes packages that are recommended by other packages.
Shows the packages installed on your system that are recomemnded by other packages. You should remove these packages.
M is size in megabytes, man expac to see other sizes
%m is install size
%k is download size
# Search for an available package on Debian systems using a regex so it only matches packages starting with 'tin'.
This one-liner will output installed packages sorted by size in Kilobytes.