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Purge configuration files of removed packages on debian based systems

Terminal - Purge configuration files of removed packages on debian based systems
sudo aptitude purge `dpkg --get-selections | grep deinstall | awk '{print $1}'`
2009-04-28 11:44:04
User: kelevra
Functions: awk grep sudo
13
Purge configuration files of removed packages on debian based systems

Purge all configuration files of removed packages

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
aptitude purge '~c'
dpkg -l | grep ^rc | awk '{print $2}' | xargs dpkg -P
dpkg -l | grep ^rc | cut -d' ' -f3 | xargs dpkg -P
2010-11-22 12:53:31
User: cyrusza
Functions: cut grep xargs
0

Lists all packages in "rc" state and purge them one at a time.

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What others think

I use:

dpkg -l | awk '/^rc/ {print $2}' | xargs dpkg -P

since I don't keep aptitude around

Comment by sud0er 317 weeks and 2 days ago

woa, great, thanks for the tip ;)

Comment by kelevra 317 weeks and 2 days ago

Or simply:

aptitude purge ~c
Comment by Byroot 317 weeks and 2 days ago

Thanks for this one, Byroot!

Comment by unixmonkey2748 317 weeks and 1 day ago

this one is really good, thanks

Comment by wrongloop 317 weeks ago

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