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Re: Cleaning Up Alternatives

On Tue, 22 May 2007 12:49:18 +0300
David Baron <d_baron@012.net.il> wrote:

> /etc/alternatives has a zillion dangling symlinks. Seems these got set 
> somewhere along the line but were never cleaned up as programs were moved, 
> upgraded, removed.
> How does one clean up this mess conveniently?

Anacron sometimes helpfully informs me of similar issues. I suppose it
should be simple enough to hack together a trivial shell / perl /
python script to loop through the directory, find all dangling
symlinks, and delete them; if no one posts some code, I'll try it
myself eventually. OTOH, this isn't the "Debian way", and I don't know
if there's any potential for upgrade problems or some other
interference with the package management system.

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