Re: decrufting system files (e.g. GNOME files)
* Rich Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) [030302 10:12]:
> Hi folks--
> I'm trying to clean out extraneous and old files from the system
> directories. I have some scripts to short out which files are known to
> the current Debian configuration and which are not. Many of the "are
> not" files came from earlier versions of currently installed packages.
> For exmample:
> were delivered with gnome-utils 184.108.40.206-4 but are not part of my
> currently installed current gnome-utils 220.127.116.11-1.
> As a rule, can old such old conffiles be removed without causing too
> much trouble? I have ~450 of these cluttering /etc.
If the packages that created them are still installed, which I imagine
they're not anymore, "dpkg --purge packagename" *might* have done it.
--purge is similar to --remove, except it removes "support" files (not
sure exactly how dpkg --help phrases it though).