LKBEN11068: Howto completely uninstall a package on a debian alike system with apt-get

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LKB | Created: 02/04/2020 | Version: 0 | Language: EN | Rating: 0 | Outdated: False | Marked for deletion: False

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


You need to remove a package from your system with all settings it has




To completely uninstall a package you can use apt-get from the command line. To just remove or uninstall you can use the command:

apt-get remove <package>

This will leave the configuration settings on your system. In case you install the package again, you did not loose your configuration. If you want to completely remove everything from a named package you can use: 

apt-get --purge remove <package>

This will remove everything for you.  

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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