tested on: Linux DebianGiada 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt7-1 (2015-03-01) x86_64 GNU/Linux
BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN REMOVING PACKAGES! YOUR SYSTEM COULD BREAK!
# purge = remove config files # remove = keep config files # this is pretty save apt-get --purge remove; # clean the /var apt-get clean; # this also seems an interesting option: # autoremove is used to remove packages that were automatically installed to apt-get autoremove;
you are right, ‚apt-get remove‘ does not do the job throughly, the solution to your problem, IMHO, can be solved this way, which is what i do in order to remove everything pertaining to the package in question:
want to know more? now comes the dangerous stuff:
# install software to find unused packages apt-get install deborphan debfoster; # remove a package apt-get remove --purge; # clean the /var apt-get clean; # this also seems an interesting option: autoremove is used to remove packages that were automatically installed to satisfy dependencies for other packages and are now no longer needed. apt-get autoremove; # weed unnecessary Debian packages, will show files and libraries still left after the apt-get remove --purge, if you don't recognize a library, keep it, later on, debfoster; # will give you a list of 'orphaned' libraries that are hanging with no use, and are safe to nuke. deborphan;
if you make a mistake with debfoster, type ‚u‘ and will ask you again if you want to keep it. When you are thru with it, invoke deborphan.
will give a list of libraries that are hanging just taking space, to get rid of them:
deborphan | xargs apt-get -y remove purge
when thru with that:
recently after a dist-ugrade to sid, it installed emacs21, i removed it, and debfoster found some files like emacsen, etc.
now, i don’t know if dpkg –purge is any better, i should try that sometime.