how to *completely* remove a package from the cmd line?

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Tue Aug 10 10:58:58 UTC 2010

On 10/08/2010 20:40, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Aug 2010, Basil Chupin wrote:
>> On 10/08/2010 10:09, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>>>     more than once, i've wanted to remove every trace of an installed
>>> package, and i always thought that "purge" was the way to do it but
>>> even after i've done:
>>>     $ sudo apt-get purge<package>
>>> dpkg still sees it with a status of "rc".  if, however, i go into
>>> synaptic and mark it for complete removal and apply, then it's truly
>>> gone.  so what am i missing from the command line to get the same
>>> effect?
>>> rday
>> Robert,
>> I have sent you a couple of private mails in the past several days
>> and have had no response.
>> Is it because you didn't receive them or just don't want to "talk to
>> me"?
>    haven't seen anything, sorry, no idea why not.  give it another
> shot.

OK, let's start with the obvious: is your e-mail address genuine and as 
shown in the Header of the messages you post?

If so, then I haven't received any rejections by any ISP server to state 
that my mail is undeliverable or has not been delivered (but then some 
servers will continue to try and deliver mail for some days...).

I took my e-mail to private simply not to clutter up this mail list with 
info which may not be of general relevance to the list but am quite 
happy to post my first e-mail - dealing with the kernel - here if my 
private mail is not getting thru to you .


Don't resent getting old - a great many are denied the privelege.

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