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re: Cleaning Up Alternatives

On Tue, 22 May 2007, 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?

If these leftovers are due to packages removed but not purged, this
will tell you:
    grep -B1 "Status: deinstall ok config-files" /var/lib/dpkg/status \
        | grep "Pac" | cut -d" " -f2
    for f in $( the above line ); do dpkg -P $f; done
will clean up.


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