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Install only wanted Debian packages

debfoster is a wrapper program for apt and dpkg. When first run, it will ask you which of the installed packages you want to keep installed.

After that, it maintains a list of packages that you want to have installed on your system. It uses this list to detect packages that have been installed only because other packages depended on them. If one of these dependencies changes, debfoster will take notice, and ask if you want to remove the old package.

This helps you to maintain a clean Debian install, without old (mainly library) packages lying around that aren't used any more.

Package version:2.7-1.1


dep maintains a list of packages which are explicitly requested and
updates that list every time it's run. It'll remove packages that
are no longer present or have become a dependency and it will ask
about new packages and packages that are no longer a dependency.

If you find any bugs or have suggestion/improvements, mail them to
Wessel Dankers <>


DEBFOSTER(8)         BSD System Manager's Manual        DEBFOSTER(8)

     debfoster — weed unnecessary Debian packages

     debfoster [-acdefhiknopqrstvV] [--verbose] [--version] [--help]
               [--quiet] [--force] [--mark-only] [--upgrade]
               [--config file] [--keeperfile file] [--no-keeperfile]
               [--ignore-default-rules] [--show-keepers]


debfoster (2.7-1.1) unstable; urgency=low

  * Non-maintainer upload.
  * debian/{postinst,postrm}: remove policy-violating prompts for old
    keepers file location that has not existed for 9 years now, and
    unconditionally remove new keepers on purge (Closes: 553286).

 -- Kees Cook <>  Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:09:13 -0800

debfoster (2.7-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * New upstream v


This package was debianized by Ivo Timmermans <> on
Tue,  9 Jan 2001 23:02:44 +0100.


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