removing packages

Jamie Griffin jpg at
Mon Mar 10 12:08:00 UTC 2008

Well i installed Maildrop and it installed some associated exim files. These -- or at least some of them -- are still on the system, shown here:


Perhaps i could just remove them manually??


On Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 12:01:05PM +0000, Tony Arnold wrote:
|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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