A listing of random software, tips, tweaks, hacks, and tutorials I made for Ubuntu
purgeconfig – A safer way to reset configuration files
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, I 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.
Download and install the script with this command:
wget http://purgeconfig.sf.net/purgeconfig.sh && chmod +x purgeconfig.sh && sudo cp purgeconfig.sh /usr/bin/purgeconfig
Usage is simple:
sudo purgeconfig package1 package2 package3 etc...
You can specify the architecture:
sudo purgeconfig package1:i386 etc...
If you have any questions/comments, feel free to comment, or post in the forum.
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