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Re: Cleaning Up Alternatives

Kushal Kumaran(kushal.kumaran+debian@gmail.com) is reported to have said:
> On 5/23/07, Wayne Topa <linuxone@intergate.com> wrote:
> >Mike McClain(mike.mcclain@nowhere.net) is reported to have said:
> >>

> >> 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
> >> and
> >>     for f in $( the above line ); do dpkg -P $f; done
> >> will clean up.
> >
> >Thanks for this jewel Mike!  I am still trying to grok the " -f2.
> >
> It's easy enough.  -d" " sets the delimiter to space instead of the
> default TAB, and -f2 selects the second field according to that
> delimiter.  See the cut(1) manpage.
> Try running the pipeline without the final cut to see.

Duh.  Thanks.  I was too dumb to even see the cut command.  I was
looking only in man grep.  More then clear now!  

Thanks again,


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