Un-installing apps : any better than Windows ? :-/

Vincent Trouilliez vincent.trouilliez at modulonet.fr
Fri Jun 3 15:40:16 UTC 2005

I don't mean to show disrespect to my other half... my Ubntu love, but,
I have to say, I am rather disappointed with it's abilities to
un-install applications and clean the system.

I already posted about this several months ago, at which point I got
taught about the "purge" option, to remove dot/hidden configuration

However, I just happen to look at Gconf, and although I was searching
for something else, I noticed a complete branch devoted to "Zapping". 
A Gtk TV viewer app that I had installed long ago. Problem, is that I
use XawTv, and that I removed Zapping long ago.
I thought, hmmm maybe I fogot to "purge" when I asked Synaptic to remove
it. So I re-installed it, then removed it as soon, making sure that I
selected the "complete removal"/purge option. But, the .zapping folder
is still there in my home directory, and all the entries in Gconf are
still there (I made sure to exit Gconf and re-open, to refresh the

So bacically, just like windows, apps aren't uninstalled properly, and
leave old files that just make Gcon fatter and fatter, and my home
folder more and more messy :o(

I would like to think that it's a problem specific to this package, but
sadly no. I can see many "dot" folder in my home folder, corresponding
to a dozen apps I installed ages ago just to try them out, and
un-installed on the same day :o(

For instance, as far as I can see :


I think maybe one or two of them are there because I re-installed Ubuntu
but didn't re-install the app afterwards, leaving the conf files. But I
am certain that most of them were removed cleanlny (or so I thought)
using Synaptic "Complete removal" option... :o(

Not much harm to the system of course, but I would just like to know if
it's just me, and if it isn't, then I would like to know if the devs
know about this problems and intend to work on it ?

Thanks for ideas/opinions/info ...

Vince, disappointed...

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