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How to correctly get rid of an other packages conffiles?


I guess this has been discussed on -devel, but I couldn't figure out the
right search patterns, therefore I'm asking here.

If a package is removed because some newer Package declares to
"Conflict, Provide, Replace" it, it ends up with conffiles still
installed, because it is only removed, not purged.

If these conffiles are harmful, misleading or simply useless, one would
want to get rid of them, but how should one do this? One cannot call
dpkg --purge from postinst, can one? And manually removing these files
will still leave them registered.

TIA, Frank
Frank Küster, Biozentrum der Univ. Basel
Abt. Biophysikalische Chemie

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