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Remove today's installed packages

Terminal - Remove today's installed packages
grep "install " /var/log/dpkg.log | awk '{print $4}' | xargs apt-get -y remove --purge
2009-04-06 13:06:04
User: skygreg
Functions: awk grep xargs
Remove today's installed packages


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
grep -e `date +%Y-%m-%d` /var/log/dpkg.log | awk '/install / {print $4}' | uniq | xargs apt-get -y remove
2010-01-12 09:42:22
User: skygreg
Functions: awk grep uniq xargs
Tags: Debian

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What others think

it's safer to grep for today's date. SO, grep and awk part should be replaced with the following

grep -e `date +%Y-%m-%d` /var/log/dpkg.log | grep install | awk '{print $5}' | uniq

then add xargs

Without mentioning the date, all packages installed since login will be removed, if i'm not wrong.

Comment by alperyilmaz 381 weeks ago

The --purge isn't necessary. If that was left out, you could at least experiment with the command without losing config files from packages that are to be deinstalled.

On my ubuntu system, dpkg seems to rotate the /var/log/dpkg.log file every month, so the above command would *purge* anything you installed this calendar month.

Comment by bwoodacre 380 weeks and 6 days ago

Another useless use of grep. How about taking advantage of awk?

awk '/install / {print $4}' /var/log/dpkg.log
Comment by atoponce 380 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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