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UI Application to find and remove orphaned libraries under Ubuntu - GtkOrphan

GtkOrphan (a Perl/Gtk2 application for debian systems) is a graphical tool which analyzes the status of your installations, looking for orphaned libraries. It implements a GUI front-end for deborphan, adding the package-removal capability.

This software is designed for Debian based distributions. It must be run with root privileges.

GtkOrphan Features include:
  * Simple, intuitive utility
  * On-the-fly changes
  * Shows packages in hibernation status
  * Internationalization support

Installing GtkOrphan:

Open terminal from Applications > Accessories > Terminal, and type following command to install
sudo apt-get install gtkorphan
After package installation, GtkOrphan is placed into Gnome System > Administration > Remove Orphaned Packages.

Using GtkOrphan:
At GtkOrphan's first run, you should initialize your system in order to keep track of needed packages, even if they are reported as orphaned.

In the main window, expand the "Options" section and check the "Show all orphan packages, not only those in the libs section" checkbox.
Note: with this option, GtkOrphan will report as "orphaned" all those installed packages that are not dependencies for any other. In this way, for instance, packages such as gparted, ubuntu-desktop, wine will be listed too, as they are "top-level" packages and no other package depends on them.

Now you can traverse this list and right-click > hibernate each package you want to keep and that you don't want to be reported as orphaned anymore. The hibernation list will keep these files and will not show them anymore. You can access and modify the hibernation list as you want, from the View menu or from the right-click popup menu.


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