removing an application

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Wed Dec 3 14:58:38 UTC 2008


norman wrote:
>>> I have always assumed that when one used Synaptic to totally remove an
>>> application that is what happened. So, I opened Synaptic, searched for
>>> ufraw found two applications and totally removed them. Then, to make
>>> sure there were no files remaining I used search for files and
>>> immediately found 47 files all with ufraw in them. Could someone please
>>> explain to me what is going on and tell me how I can best remove all the
>>> files connected with ufraw.
>>> I need to do this because I am trying to find out why the ufraw I have
>>> is not doing what it is supposed to do and it has been suggested that
>>> perhaps there are residues of an old version which are interfering with
>>> the version I now have. So, I thought that if I removed all the files
>>> connected with ufraw and then reinstalled the new version it might solve
>>> the problem.
>> Where the files that you found? Synaptic will not remove any files in
>> the user's home directory associated with ufraw, Only the system files.
>> Complete removal should remove system config files. removal only will
>> leave the config files and remove everything else.
> Yes, the files found were in the home directory. I did use complete
> removal so how can I check if all the config files have actually been
> removed? 

System wide config files usually live in /etc, however looking at the
ufraw package, it doesn't install anything there, so I suspect all
config is local to the user.

On my system, all I can see in my home directory is a file called
.ufrawrc, so I'm curious to know what the other files were that you
found. Could you post some sample file names?

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