When I try to google how to do this, all the results I get are "How to fix broken packages".

Could you give me a hint how to only list them in the console one by one?

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It seems that nobody has recommended this:

sudo apt-get check

also for more info try

apt-get --help

You can list broken packages :

dpkg -l | grep ^..r 

r state (on the third field) means: reinst-required (package broken, reinstallation required)

dpkg fields explanation

  • There is no r state, but R flag. Package may be broken even without the flag.
    – jarno
    May 13, 2017 at 18:27

To get the list of partially installed packages (with architecture information) preceded by their states, one by line, run

dpkg-query -W -f='${db:Status-Abbrev} ${binary:Package}\n' | grep -E ^.[^nci]

See man dpkg-query for information about the states etc. (I suppose the Reinst-required i.e. R flag can not appear with states n, c or i. If it could, the extended regular expression in grep command should be modified.)

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