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purgeconfig – A safer way to reset configuration files
October 27, 2011Posted by on
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 leave a comment.