Dependency Graph Debian Packages

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Creating a Dependency Graph for Debian Packages

The following will generate a complete dependency graph of all packages:

apt-cache dotty >

To vizualise, you need the graphviz package:

dot -Tpng

You will find that this does not work: the created graph is simply way to large to handle by GraphViz.

Visualize dependency packages of a single package

To visualize all dependencies that apache has, run:

apt-cache dotty apache2 >
dot -Tpng

For details on the meaning of the different boxes, see the man page of apt-cache.

You will find this is still a large graph. Mostly, this is caused by all the "suggests" packages that are listed too. You can limit it to only the listed packages using the APT::Cache::GivenOnly option:

apt-cache -o APT::Cache::GivenOnly=1 dotty apache2 apache2-common apache2.2-common \
  apache2-mpm-worker apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-mpm-event libapr1 libaprutil1 libc6 \
  libdb4.4 libexpat1 libldap2 libpcre3 libpq4 libsqlite3-0 libuuid1 libcomerr2 libkrb53 \
  libssl0.9.8 >

Visualize reverse dependencies

To visualize all reverse dependencies on Apache (thus list all packages that somehow depend on apache), you need the apt-rdepends package. apt-rdepends can both generate forward and reverse dependency graphs:

apt-rdepends -d apache2 >
apt-rdepends -r -d apache2 >