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List your largest installed packages (on Debian/Ubuntu)

Terminal - List your largest installed packages (on Debian/Ubuntu)
awk '{if ($1 ~ /Package/) p = $2; if ($1 ~ /Installed/) printf("%9d %s\n", $2, p)}' /var/lib/dpkg/status | sort -n | tail
2010-12-14 14:59:42
User: gb38
Functions: awk sort
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List your largest installed packages (on Debian/Ubuntu)

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Terminal - Alternatives
wajig large
2009-04-19 20:26:26
User: udim
Tags: Debian wajig
15

Requires the "wajig" package to be installed.

dpkg-query -Wf '${Installed-Size}\t${Package}\n' | sort -n
dpigs
2009-10-26 20:38:17
User: xrm0
10

dpigs is in the package debian-goodies (debian/ubuntu)

dpkg --get-selections | cut -f1 | while read pkg; do dpkg -L $pkg | xargs -I'{}' bash -c 'if [ ! -d "{}" ]; then echo "{}"; fi' | tr '\n' '\000' | du -c --files0-from - | tail -1 | sed "s/total/$pkg/"; done
2009-10-12 14:57:54
User: pykler
Functions: bash cut du echo read sed tail tr xargs
Tags: Debian wajig
4

Calculates the size on disk for each package installed on the filesystem (or removed but not purged). This is missing the

| sort -rn

which would put the biggest packges on top. That was purposely left out as the command is slightly on the slow side

Also you may need to run this as root as some files can only be checked by du if you can read them ;)

dpkg-query -W --showformat='${Installed-Size}\t${Package}\n' | sort -nr | less

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