[Aptitude-devel] Bug#716992: Bug#716992: aptitude does not purge deleted packages when it asks for user confirmation

Daniel Hartwig mandyke at gmail.com
Tue Jul 16 02:42:12 UTC 2013

Control: merge -1 568876
Control: tags -1 + confirmed

On 16 July 2013 01:07, Uwe Storbeck <uwe at ibr.ch> wrote:
> Package: aptitude
> Version:
> Severity: normal
> Dear Maintainer,
> I have set APT::Get::Purge and Aptitude::Purge-Unused to true.
> Aptitude normally honors these settings when it (auto-)deletes
> packages.


APT::Get::Purge should not have any effect in aptitude.  Its name
indicates it is only used by apt-get.

As you observe, and as the name implies, Aptitude::Purge-Unused
applies only to autoremoved packages.

> But when aptitude runs into a situation where it has to ask the user
> for confirmation (e.g. when it has to delete other packages because
> of conflicts or dependencies) it ignores these settings and only
> deletes the packages without purging the config files.

Presently there is no option to do what you ask, which is beyond the
scope of Purge-Unused.  Responding to those prompts where “remove this
package to resolve a conflict” is not the same as removing an unused

This is something to be looked at during the next development cycle.


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