I want to install a bunch of packages, but I don't want to install the documentation of them. How can I do this?


--path-exclude could be used to filter out unwanted files when installing a package:

dpkg -i --path-exclude=/usr/share/doc/* ...

To make permanent solution, Create a file /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/01_nodoc which specifies the desired filters. Example:

path-exclude /usr/share/doc/*
# we need to keep copyright files for legal reasons
path-include /usr/share/doc/*/copyright
path-exclude /usr/share/man/*
path-exclude /usr/share/groff/*
path-exclude /usr/share/info/*
# lintian stuff is small, but really unnecessary
path-exclude /usr/share/lintian/*
path-exclude /usr/share/linda/*

Then change /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99synaptic or create new file containing:

APT::Install-Recommends "false";


  • Is there a way to do this with apt? I am using the apt-get command to install my packages – Robert Oct 24 '14 at 15:54
  • @Rob3 yes, i've update answer. setup conf files then use the command/tools you want. – user.dz Oct 24 '14 at 16:23

Usually, the doc packages are recommended by the main package, but aren't hard dependencies. If they were hard dependencies (for example, texlive-full), I don't think there's a safe or simple way. For recommended packages, the answer is simple:

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends <package-name>

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