Generate a graph of package dependencies

apt-cache dotty apache2 | dot -T png | display
Requires: imagemagick and graphviz On Debian systems, displays a graph of package dependencies. Works also with other image formats, like svg : apt-cache dotty bash | dot -T svg | display

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By: raphink
2009-02-18 14:27:31

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