software-center and remove vs. purge

Didier Roche didrocks at
Tue Dec 7 15:29:40 GMT 2010

Le mardi 07 décembre 2010 à 15:27 +0100, Sebastien Bacher a écrit :
> On mar., 2010-12-07 at 10:13 +0100, Michael Vogt wrote:
> > computer-janitor. For software-center I would like to add a option
> > (File/Remove with configuration). A alternative solution would be to
> > make purge the default and have a option "File/Remove but preserve the
> > configuration). What do you think about what the default should be? 

Hey Michael, Sebastien

> Being on the safe side by default seems to make sense, the issue then
> would be to clean the configuration of things you removed later on. I'm
> not sure the menu items are the best way because they are easy to miss
> and you not have an obvious way to get back to them. 

I completely second seb on that, being on the safe side by default seems
a sane thing.

Now about the "removing cruft option"…
> What about having a "uninstalled but with configuration left" category?

I'm not about that one, seems technical and reproduce what synaptic has.

> It might not be useful enough to be a s-c category though, so what about
> having a menu entry "clean configuration for uninstall package" which
> would run the computer-janitor for you to do this task in this case
> rather?

I would rather agree with that part of the proposal: just have this menu
entry to link to computer-janitor (or have a computer-janitor view in
software-center to get it more integrated) for those users rather a
technical category disconnected from the rest of "removing cruft" on my


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