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Just exactly that. A command line equivalent of gtkorphan? An Ubuntu equivalent of urpme --auto-orphans? Please do not suggest apt-get autoremove as it's not exactly the same thing.

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  • Man page
  • The command deborphan itself will display a list
  • If you wish to see all the packages which aren't required you can run:

    deborphan --guess-all
  • You do not need root privileges to use this tool, it reads the installed package lists and it won't remove any packages itself, merely tell you what it thinks you should remove

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sudo apt-get install deborphan

Just for the those users that do not use command line: Ubuntu tweak tool is a graphical front end that also installs deborphan.

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