Re: Cleaning Up Alternatives
On Tuesday 22 May 2007, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> On Tue, 22 May 2007, David Baron <email@example.com> 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.
The most scary thing I ever ran, I think. But what it is taking off is config
files for: KDE (I have a locally compiled one!), realtime-lsm-modules for
since superceded kernels, xserver-common for xfree86! and a bunch of libs
(which if it does damage, I can reinstall them but I assume this means I
removed them previously) and some older kernel images long since removed. So
I guess its ok.
However, this is not stuff that was listed in the alternatives. So I will have
a look at symlink and croft. I do not know how much I actually use
alternatives and I myself have not been maintaining it.