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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
dpkg -l | grep ^rc | awk '{print $2}' | xargs dpkg -P
2010-11-25 19:44:45
Functions: awk grep xargs
Purge configuration files of removed packages on debian based systems


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
aptitude purge '~c'
sudo aptitude purge `dpkg --get-selections | grep deinstall | awk '{print $1}'`
2009-04-28 11:44:04
User: kelevra
Functions: awk grep sudo

Purge all configuration files of removed packages

dpkg -l | grep ^rc | cut -d' ' -f3 | xargs dpkg -P
2010-11-22 12:53:31
User: cyrusza
Functions: cut grep xargs

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

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What others think

This is the best way to do it imho, mainly because it doesnt require aptitude.

But if you are running as normal user, you need to pass sudo to the last argument:

dpkg -l | grep ^rc | awk '{print $2}' | sudo xargs dpkg -P
Comment by Jonybat 299 weeks and 5 days ago

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