Debian Uninstall Question

Sean M McMahon smcmahon at
Mon Oct 4 14:33:58 EDT 2004

Those things are not installed, not removed, but configured.  apt with the 
--purge option removes them completely.

Janina Sajka <janina at>
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10/03/2004 05:03 AM
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        To:     "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
        Subject:        Re: Debian Uninstall Question

Thanks, Thomas.

With this advice (and the realization that I had kernel source also on
the hd), I've managed to trim things down reasonably well.

But, I'm still befuddled a bit. I try:

dpkg -l

and get a listing of -- what, exactly? I guess I don't understand the
help docs on this. There are packages listed there as installed, but
running apt-get remove on them says "not installed so not removed."

Do I just corrupted tables?

What is the canonical way to get a listing of what's actually installed?

PS: Hopefully, this time I've left my header intact! <grin>

Thomas Stivers writes:
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> On Sat, Oct 02 2004 at 05:53:22PM -0400, Janina Sajka wrote:
> > Is there a way to remove a related group of applications with apt? Or 
> > you have to take them out one at a time and do it in the right order
> > because of the dependencies?
> Here is where dependencies can come in handy. If you remove a package
> like xfree86-common apt will remove all the things that depend on it. It
> won't work if you just remove x-window-system because it is a virtual
> package which depends on other packages but is not itself depended on.
> Chances are if you remove the xfree86-server or x-clients-base you'll
> take out a lot of what you want to get rid of.
> > I ask because I have an old Pentium 2 with a fairly small hd, and I 
> > to take out all the X (except perhaps the Xlibs). The hd is getting 
> > and this box is too slow for Gnome anyway.
> Yeah I don't doubt it. Gnome is really a memory/processor hog.
> > Reply-To: 
> > X-Operating-System: Linux 2.6.8-1.541.root 
> > Organization: Capital Accessibility LLC 
> > X-PGP-Key:
> I think you may have started writing in the middle of your headers.
> *chuckle*

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