June 15, 2015

Debian and Arch Linux package cleanup – aptorphan/pacorphan

Filed under: Technical — Tags: , , , , — James Bunton @ 12:00 am

Once upon a time there was a tool called deborphan. It finds orphaned packages which could be removed from the system. You can maintain a list of ‘keepers’ to stop it suggesting removal of things that you want.

I wanted to extend this to work with the builtin “auto-installed” flag that aptitude stores for all packages. I also wanted it to work with Arch Linux.


April 14, 2012

Remote Wipe of Debian Linux Server

Filed under: Technical — Tags: , — James Bunton @ 12:05 am

I recently retired an old server of mine, cerberus. It was hosted in a remote data centre to which I have no physical access. My goal was to zero the drives before powering it off for the last time.