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Re: Exploring package interrelationships

Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> Long term goal: *personal* definition of a minimalist Debian
> current goal: grok how packages interact

$ apt-cache dotty mate-desktop > dependency-graph.dot
$ dot -Tpng  dependency-graph.dot

That either creates files named after the input or at least shows a
graphic of the package you specified.

I think I remember and older planet.debian.org post where someone else
had done similar.  Have not found it in a very short research session.

Alternatively explore interactive with aptitude when you disable the
solver there and pick the resulting installation by hand, and decide
which suggest/recommend you follow, and which non-essential package you
might even not install.