Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there a simple way to compare all the current installed packages to the defaults (a fresh/clean installation)? So that I can see what packages I removed and which packages I manually installed?

I know Synaptics has a 'History' option, but it's nothing more than a log-file. And it also shows many packages that were installed automaticly by updating the system.

share|improve this question
That depends on your package manager. Which one do you use? – Jens Erat Oct 24 '11 at 1:36
@Ranon Synaptics – Muis Oct 24 '11 at 2:04
Have a look here (applies to aptitude):… – poplitea Oct 24 '11 at 21:38

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.