Aptitude why

Sometimes you find packages on your Ubuntu box and you don’t know how they got there. This happens often with automatically installed programs. To find the packages that require (or recommend) another package, you can use the aptitude why command. Below you see (an edited) example session where I needed to find the program that used a package. $ aptitude search timidity i A timidity - Software sound renderer... i A timidity-daemon - runs TiMidity++ as a sy....

November 11, 2010