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Old 08-23-2006, 02:01 PM   #1
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Synatpic Question - removal


My question is regarding synaptic.

I noticed "mark for removal" and "mark for complete removal."

Could someone tell me what is the difference between these two options?

I have another question too.

Is synaptic the only way to "uninstall" something? For example, I have HPIJS or HPLIP installed (I can not remember which of the two) for printing, but I want to uninstall the current version and replace it with the new version. So, can I uninstall my current (old) versions via some other method?

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Old 08-23-2006, 03:32 PM   #2
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removal -- remove the binary package only (and dependencies only used by that package)
complete removal (purge) -- remove both the binary package and any config files

You can also use command line tools apt-get/aptitude/dpkg. If you're replacing it with something newer from the repositories, just do an aptitude upgrade and it should remove the old package and install the newer one. If you're going to install from source, then do an aptitude remove packagename or aptitude purge packagename. Then compile from source.
 
Old 08-23-2006, 09:52 PM   #3
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removal -- remove the binary package only (and dependencies only used by that package)
complete removal (purge) -- remove both the binary package and any config files

You can also use command line tools apt-get/aptitude/dpkg. If you're replacing it with something newer from the repositories, just do an aptitude upgrade and it should remove the old package and install the newer one.

So if I understand correctly, if I were to select just "remove" my config files would still remain in place, thus I would probably not need to update the configuration if I then install a newer version.

Correct or not?

Regarding apt-get, do you (or anyone else reading this) a website that would teach me some basics about apt-get (i.e., general functions, do's and don'ts, etc).

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Old 08-24-2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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So if I understand correctly, if I were to select just "remove" my config files would still remain in place, thus I would probably not need to update the configuration if I then install a newer version.

Correct or not?
Yes and no. It would leave the config files. When you install the new program though, it might just overwrite those files, especially if the format of those config files changed at all. I would make a backup of them and then give it a try. Then at worst, you can always try just replacing the new config file (make a copy first in case it doesn't work you can revert to the new config).

As for apt primers, you might try these:
http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2005/1...r-for-new.html
http://www.mitchbourne.co.uk/manuals....html#contents
http://people.debian.org/~dburrows/a.../en/index.html

Aptitude is basically the newer replacement for apt. It's generally recommended to use it as much as possible. You can use it from the command line just like apt-get (see the bottom of that third link for aptitude command line reference).

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