List your largest installed packages (on Debian/Ubuntu)

perl -ne '$pkg=$1 if m/^Package: (.*)/; print "$1\t$pkg\n" if m/^Installed-Size: (.*)/;' < /var/lib/dpkg/status | sort -rn | less
List packages and their disk usage in decreasing order. This uses the "Installed-Size" from the package metadata. It may differ from the actual used space, because e.g. data files (think of databases) or log files may take additional space.
Sample Output
342348  netbeans-ide
231728  kdelibs4-doc
121332  comixcursors
108796  openoffice.org-core
[...]

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