HOWTO: Use APT without the Bloat

Today I would like to share a small tidbit with all the users of APT distros out there. One of the reasons Bodhi Linux is so light weight and snappy is because when I install all the base packages for Bodhi I install them with the minimal amount of extra dependencies.

For whatever reason a good deal of Debian packagers like to tack on a whole slew of “optional” dependencies to the packages they create. By default apt-get installs all of these extra dependencies on your computer. If you are like me and don’t want all the extra bloat it is as simple as running apt-get with on extra argument:

sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends foo
In the above example “foo” is the name of the package you wish to install. Doing this can save a good bit of space on your system. For example:
sudo apt-get install abiword

VS

sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends abiword
or
sudo apt-get install k3b
VS
sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends k3b

Originally Posted on Thoughts on Technology.

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