apt-get purge

Alex Katebi alex.katebi at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 02:21:45 UTC 2009

This is what happend. I tried it on a new ubuntu install. I had done a
remove libreadline5 not libreadline5-dev. Since libreadline5 is used by many
other packages it removed them too. (it did prompt me for Y/N). So the moral
of the story is that if you try to remove a base package like the
readline5 you endup removing and damaging your system. I think the designers
of apt-get made the wrong choice. They should refuse to remove a building
block until all the top blocks are removed by the user first. On the other
hand if you really know what you are doing it is more powerful the way it

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM, Derek Broughton <derek at pointerstop.ca>wrote:

> Alex Katebi wrote:
> > The command that removed lots of packages and broke my system was:
> >
> > apt-get remove libreadline5-dev
> I understand that.  But you STILL responded with a "Y" (or at least an
> "Enter", when it asked if it was OK to remove all those other programs).
> > What happened to me does not make any sense.
> > Is there any way to tell apt-get to sync packages to the Untuntu 8.10?
> Please try to be a little more specific.   That's exactly what it does.
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