Remove today's installed packages

grep "install " /var/log/dpkg.log | awk '{print $4}' | xargs apt-get -y remove --purge

By: skygreg
2009-04-06 13:06:04

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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.
alperyilmaz · 654 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.
bwoodacre · 653 weeks and 6 days ago
Another useless use of grep. How about taking advantage of awk? awk '/install / {print $4}' /var/log/dpkg.log
atoponce · 653 weeks and 5 days ago

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