[Solved] Synaptic Package Manager question

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Jeffex
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[Solved] Synaptic Package Manager question

Postby Jeffex » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:01 am

Hi all,
I am looking at Synaptic Package Manager, clicked on Status, and there are two lists I am curious about.
One is Not Installed, and the other is Not Installed (residual config).
My question is, should I remove these items, and does it make any difference if I do or not?
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Re: Synaptic Package Manager question

Postby WharfRat » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:21 am

Jeffex,

You don't want to touch the not installed list unless you want to install one of them.

The residual config list are packages that were once installed then removed either by you or apt when an upgrade was run.

What remains are configuration file(s) probably in the /etc folder and it is OK to to mark them for complete removal.
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Re: Synaptic Package Manager question

Postby Jeffex » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:28 am

Thanks for the prompt reply WharfRat.
I kind of thought that but I wasn't sure.
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