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purge all packages marked with 'rc'

Terminal - purge all packages marked with 'rc'
sudo dpkg --purge `dpkg -l | awk '/^r/{print $2}'`
2009-02-16 02:18:02
User: elleryq
Functions: awk sudo
purge all packages marked with 'rc'

After you install/remove lots of packages, there are many packages marked with 'rc'. This script help you to purge these packages, it will save some spaces from your disk.


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Isn't this what 'apt-get purge --auto-remove' or 'dpkg -Pa' does?

Also, why are you using grep|awk?

This is more clean:

dpkg -l |awk '/^r/ {print $2}'

Also, since aptitude just calls apt, which just calls dpkg, why not (assuming that you have config files left over after a package remove and that you're trying to clean up creft that apt-get and dpkg aren't catching on their own):

dpkg --purge `dpkg -l |awk '/^r/{print $2}'`

You clearly are learning/understanding the shell, but you should read a little about useless use of grep (and maybe cat, too):


Comment by hso 478 weeks and 3 days ago

thanks a lot for your comment.

Comment by elleryq 478 weeks and 1 day ago

> Isn't this what 'apt-get purge --auto-remove' or 'dpkg -Pa' does?

no, I had tried these 2 command, they are differnt from my command.

Comment by elleryq 478 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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