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    what command to use exactly for complete removal of an application from ubuntu 10.04?

    okay there are many options i got in internet to remove any application completely from the ubuntu system (along with configuration files from the whole system so that if i install the same application again it's a fresh install then) like-

    sudo apt-gt purge...
    sudo apt-get --purge remove...
    sudo apt-get autoremove...
    sudo apt-get --purge autoremove...
    sudo apt-get install purge...



    it's confusing! which one to use definitely??
    Last edited by tojonukokhadush; May 1st, 2013 at 08:49 PM. Reason: wrong spelling

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    Re: what command to use exactly for complete removal of an application from ubuntu 10

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge <package>
    You'll need to delete any configuration files in your home folder manually.

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    Re: what command to use exactly for complete removal of an application from ubuntu 10

    I use the following and if the application name is more than one word use a dash. Alternatively you can install the synaptic package manager and mark the package for complete removal and then remove residual configuration. Synaptic is a nice tool, but no longer a default package.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge package-name
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    Re: what command to use exactly for complete removal of an application from ubuntu 10

    Hi tojonukokhadush.

    remove uninstall a package from your system.

    purge is remove + delete config files and delete downloaded .deb

    autoremove looks for packages that were installed to support other packages which are no longer installed.

    --purge remove is the same as purge.

    --purge autoremove adds the deletion of config files and .debs to the autoremove function.

    --purge install AFAIK is a valid, but bizarre, way of installing a package. Not sure if it works, or the desire outcome.

    There's more information on the man:
    Code:
    man apt-get
    Does that help?
    Regards.

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    Re: what command to use exactly for complete removal of an application from ubuntu 10

    If you want it to be like it was only just installed, you need to remove its settings files from the hidden directories in your home folder.

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    Re: what command to use exactly for complete removal of an application from ubuntu 10

    yeah! thank you all, those were really useful! special thanks to papibe!
    Last edited by tojonukokhadush; May 2nd, 2013 at 05:04 PM.

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    Re: what command to use exactly for complete removal of an application from ubuntu 10

    and Mr. Frogs Hair, i wish to be more clear on "remove residual configuration"! thanks in advance.

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