[kwlug-disc] Purging already removed Debian packages.

Kevin norwood.kevin at gmail.com
Fri May 14 02:35:52 EDT 2010

On 13/05/2010 11:23 PM, Andrew Cant wrote:
> Here is a little Debian question:
> How do I purge a package that I have already removed?
> (For those not familiar with Debian when you 'remove' a package the
> configuration files are left in place for future use. Unless you
> 'purge' it, then everything is removed.
> Doing a little research the normal method would be to re-install and
> then purge, like so:
> sudo apt-get install example_package
> sudo apt-get purge example_package
> But unfortunately the packages that I need to purge no longer have
> install candidates, so I cannot install them.
> Any suggestions? How can I purge a removed package without re-installing it?
> Thanks
> Andrew
> (P.S.: For context, this has come up in the process of installing
> Debian stable, and immediately upgrading to testing(squeeze). The
> update to squeeze wants to change me over to dependency based-booting,
> but because of some files left around by some of the removed packages
> it can't. So I need to purge before I can have it try setting up the
> dependency-based booting again.)
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sudo apt-purge <package name> won't work? It has been a while for me.

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