Purge configuration files of removed packages on debian based systems

sudo aptitude purge `dpkg --get-selections | grep deinstall | awk '{print $1}'`
Purge all configuration files of removed packages
Sample Output
kelevra@lab:~$ sudo aptitude purge `dpkg --get-selections | grep deinstall | awk '{print $1}'`
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Initializing package states... Done
Writing extended state information... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done         
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  a2ps{p} console-tools{p} desktop-base{p} fam{p} fortune-mod{p} libdatrie0{p} libfam0{p} libfs6{p} libvte9{p} 
  libxfce4mcs-client3{p} libxfce4mcs-manager3{p} lpr{p} x11-apps{p} x11-session-utils{p} xfonts-100dpi{p} xfonts-75dpi{p} 
  xfonts-scalable{p} xinit{p} xli{p} 
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 19 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
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By: kelevra
2009-04-28 11:44:04

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I use: dpkg -l | awk '/^rc/ {print $2}' | xargs dpkg -P since I don't keep aptitude around
sud0er · 647 weeks and 5 days ago
woa, great, thanks for the tip ;)
kelevra · 647 weeks and 5 days ago
Or simply: aptitude purge ~c
Byroot · 647 weeks and 5 days ago
Thanks for this one, Byroot!
unixmonkey2748 · 647 weeks and 4 days ago
this one is really good, thanks
wrongloop · 647 weeks and 2 days ago

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