List installed packages by size in Linux

CentOS-5 LogoSometimes you might want to uninstall large packages on a running Linux system (e.g. in order to release disk space), since these kind of packages are normally not that useful.

Here we show an example on how to list installed packages by size on Redhat and Debian system.

On Redhat:

rpm -qa --qf '%{SIZE}\t%{NAME}\n' | sort -n

On Debian:

dpkg-query -W -f='${Installed-Size} ${Package}\n' | sort -n

The output are almost the same, as follows;

...
32677398     emacs-common
33105695     gnome-applets
34827183     selinux-policy-targeted
36128134     perl
36957293     foomatic
37665705     TrueType-fonts
51569169     valgrind
61423920     java-1.6.0-sun-devel
64042968     valgrind
66738433     glibc-common
87699759     compat-gcc-34-c++
93664534     java-1.6.0-sun
102347862     kernel

To find all the available tags for the queryformat option of RPM, click it.

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