debfoster - Install only wanted Debian packages

Property Value
Distribution Debian 10 (Buster)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package filename debfoster_2.7-2.1+b1_amd64.deb
Package name debfoster
Package version 2.7
Package release 2.1+b1
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Category admin admin::package-management interface::commandline role::program suite::debian use::checking use::organizing works-with::software:package
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer debfoster Maintainer Team <>
Download size 37.27 KB
Installed size 160.00 KB
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
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 Architecture Repository
debfoster_2.7-2.1+b1_i386.deb 2.7 i386 Debian Main
debfoster - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.14
libgc1c2 >= 1:7.2d


Type URL
Binary Package debfoster_2.7-2.1+b1_amd64.deb
Source Package debfoster

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install debfoster deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install debfoster




2016-07-30 - Adam Borowski <>
debfoster (2.7-2.1) unstable; urgency=medium
* Non-maintainer upload.
* Migrate to debhelper 9. Closes: #817424
* Move bash completion files to /usr/share/bash-completion/completions.
* Unbreak bash completion. Closes: #800354
* Depend on ${misc:Depends}.
2014-08-17 - Andreas Barth <>
debfoster (2.7-2) unstable; urgency=medium
* update config.sub/guess. Closes: #533685
* ask before quit. Closes: #484866
* po/it.po: new Italian translation (Beatrice Torracca). Closes: #687842
2012-08-15 - David Prévot <>
debfoster (2.7-1.2) unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload.
* po/de.po: new German translation (Chris Leick). Closes: #533502
* po/es.po: new Spanish translation (Omar Campagne). Closes: #672276
* po/fr.po: new French translation (Julien Patriarca).
* po/da.po: updated Danish translation (Joe Hansen). Closes: #684183
* Adds some missing words in messages (Chris Leick). Closes: #531894
2010-01-24 - Kees Cook <>
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).
2008-04-19 - Florian Weimer <>
debfoster (2.7-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream version.  Closes: #448501.
2006-07-30 - Florian Weimer <>
debfoster (2.6-2) unstable; urgency=low
* Bump Standards-Version.  No changes required.
* Add README file for a few GIT-related topics.
* Retroactively edit the Debian changelog, following the new 
release process.
* Add bash completion support.  Thanks to Eric Hansander
<>.  Closes: #349035.
* Fix typo in manual page.  Spotted by A Costa <>.
Closes: #307022.
2006-07-22 - Florian Weimer <>
debfoster (2.6-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream version, new maintainer team.
* Revert deprecation.  Closes: #366518.
2006-05-05 - Guus Sliepen <>
debfoster (2.5-6) unstable; urgency=low
* Debfoster is deprecated: include a tool to convert debfoster's database to
aptitude's, and display a warning with debconf.
2005-12-07 - Guus Sliepen <>
debfoster (2.5-5) unstable; urgency=low
* Adopting package.
* Update config.guess and config.sub. Closes: #342386
2004-08-03 - Ivo Timmermans <>
debfoster (2.5-4) unstable; urgency=low
* src/conffile.c, etc/debfoster.conf: Set NegativeKeepers to "no" by
* po/da.po: Updated Danish translation.  (Closes: #262650)

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debian-cloud-images_0.0.1_all.deb tool used by the Debian Cloud Team to create official cloud images
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debian-edu-artwork-buster_2.10.5-1_all.deb Debian Edu Buster themes and artwork
debian-edu-artwork-lines_2.10.5-1_all.deb Debian Edu Lines (jessie) themes and artwork
debian-edu-artwork-softwaves_2.10.5-1_all.deb Debian Edu Softwaves (stretch) themes and artwork
debian-edu-artwork-spacefun_20181204-2_all.deb Debian Edu Spacefun (squeeze) themes and artwork
debian-edu-artwork_2.10.5-1_all.deb Debian Edu themes and artwork
debian-edu-config_2.10.65_all.deb Configuration files for Skolelinux systems
debian-edu-doc-da_2.10.18_all.deb Danish documentation from the Debian Edu project
debian-edu-doc-de_2.10.18_all.deb German documentation from the Debian Edu project