How to remove a deb package manually

Some times when you install a new deb package, the system will be broken. We may have to remove the package.
For this , you can try the following. ( Assuming aspell is the broken package)

# apt-get remove aspell

#dpkg -P aspell

#dpkg –force-all -r aspell

These methods can also fail some time. Your only way out will be a manual removal of packages, which can be achieved as detailed below.

a) Get a list of files from the package

# # dpkg -L aspell

b) Remove the files one by one.

c) It is also suggested that you run

# apt-get remove aspell

after manual removal.


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