removing packages

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Mon Mar 10 12:01:05 UTC 2008


Jamie Griffin wrote:

> I recently tried to remove some packages i had installed using the
> command 'sudo aptitude purge <package>'
> Although, there seems to be some residual files for those packages
> left on the system. Is there a way to remove *all* associated and
> unwanted files using the package management utility... or perhaps
> it's not something i need to worry about, i just was a bit concerned
> about having a build-up of unecessary files over time.

As I understand it, the aptitude purge command will remove all system
files for the package together with any system wide config files,
usually in /etc

It won't remove any user specific config files, e.g., hidden files in
the users home directory, so users will have to remove those by hand.

What files have been left over?

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