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remove unneeded configuration files in debian

Terminal - remove unneeded configuration files in debian
dpkg-query -l| grep -v "ii " | grep "rc " | awk '{print $2" "}' | tr -d "\n" | xargs aptitude purge -y
2009-04-28 19:25:53
User: thepicard
Functions: awk grep tr xargs
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remove unneeded configuration files in debian

This will, for an application that has already been removed but had its configuration left behind, purge that configuration from the system. To test it out first, you can remove the last -y, and it will show you what it will purge without actually doing it. I mean it never hurts to check first, "just in case." ;)

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Comment by sud0er 316 weeks and 2 days ago

well this does it all at once.

Comment by thepicard 316 weeks and 1 day ago

What's the sense in grep -v "ii " | grep "rc "? Somehow this doesn't make any sense at all. grep "^rc " is more than just sufficient. Additionally, aptitude is quite ressource hungy, a simple dpkg -P is more straighter.

Comment by Anonecho 310 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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