November 3, 2011 · Package Mgmt · Email This Post

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Many people try purging packages and reinstalling them to reset them, but it sometimes removes other packages with it, so it becomes a headache (especially when you are trying to reset the X11 configuration files, removing a few hundred packages with it).

To solve these problems, lkjoel made a script called purgeconfig that will artificially reset the configuration files (manually removing the configuration files, marking the packages as purged, then reinstalling the packages).

WARNING: Do NOT run Apt/Aptitude/DPKG/Synaptic/Software Center while running purgeconfig.

Install Purgeconfig on ubuntu

Download and install the script with this command:

chmod +x
sudo cp /usr/bin/purgeconfig

Using Purgeconfig

sudo purgeconfig package1 package2 package3 etc...

You can specify the architecture:

sudo purgeconfig package1:i386 etc...

Via Lkubuntu

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2 Comments to “Purgeconfig – A safer way to reset configuration files”

  1. Luca Cerone says:

    It seems like a nice utility…
    I wonder why apt doesn’t have such an option..
    But what about the config files stored in the home
    of each user? would those be restored as well???


  2. Brian says:

    You are awesome! I wasted hours trying to do a clean install of cups before I found this script. I actually tried to purge it first, but the package ubuntu-desktop depends on it!

    It blows my mind that neither apt* nor dpkg can cleanly install a package that is already installed (e.g. a “repair” operation).


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