apt-mark


SYNOPSIS
       apt-mark [-hv] [-f=FILENAME] {markauto | unmarkauto} package...  |
                showauto

DESCRIPTION
       apt-mark will change whether a package has been marked as being
       automatically installed.

       When you request that a package is installed, and as a result other
       packages are installed to satisfy its dependencies, the dependencies
       are marked as being automatically installed. Once these automatically
       installed packages are no longer depended on by any manually installed
       packages, they will be removed by e.g.  apt-get or aptitude.

       markauto
           markauto is used to mark a package as being automatically
           installed, which will cause the package to be removed when no more
           manually installed packages depend on this package.

       unmarkauto
           unmarkauto is used to mark a package as being manually installed,
           which will prevent the package from being automatically removed if
           no other packages depend on it.

       showauto
           showauto is used to print a list of automatically installed
           packages with each package on a new line.

OPTIONS
       -f=FILENAME, --file=FILENAME
           Read/Write package stats from FILENAME instead of the default
           location, which is extended_status in the directory defined by the
           Configuration Item: Dir::State.

       -h, --help
           Show a short usage summary.

       -v, --version
           Show the program version.

FILES
       /var/lib/apt/extended_states
           Status list of auto-installed packages. Configuration Item:
           Dir::State sets the path to the extended_states file.

SEE ALSO
       apt-get(8),aptitude(8),apt.conf(5)

DIAGNOSTICS
       apt-mark returns zero on normal operation, non-zero on error.

BUGS
       APT bug page[1]. If you wish to report a bug in APT, please see

Linux                            9 August 2009                     APT-MARK(8)
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