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Bug#43773: dpkg: purge and remove options make a pause, then parse arguments

Package: dpkg
Severity: wishlist


As the subject line says, these two options (--remove and --purge) first
make a short pause (accessing the database?), and after that their options
are parsed. I noticed that when I accidentally typed "dpkg -r", and it took
some time for dpkg to return the error. This is inconsistent with the
install option (--install), which parses the options (and reports the error
if there are not arguments) instantly. And it is annoying, to have to wait.

Also, there should be a short alias for the purge command, and both
"-p" and "-P" are available.

-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.1
Kernel Version: Linux cibalia 2.2.12 #1 Fri Aug 27 03:06:41 CEST 1999 i586 unknown

Versions of the packages dpkg depends on:
ii  libc6  GNU C Library: shared libraries
ii  libncurses4     4.2-3          Shared libraries for terminal handling
ii  libstdc++2.9    2.91.60-5      The GNU stdc++ library (egcs version)

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