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So, I'm trying to package my Python app, Virtuam. My question is simple: how can I set the commands which run when I remove the program using apt-get?

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You will need to use maintainer scripts to do things during the removal of your app (specifically prerm and postrm).

You may want to take a look at Debian packaging policy http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-maintainerscripts.html

Below is an example prerm script that I had previously used when removing the mythbuntu-repos package, in order to remove the added repository and key information as well.


case "$1" in
    if [ -x /usr/bin/apt-key ]; then
        /usr/bin/apt-key del EEED06D0 2>/dev/null || true
        /usr/bin/apt-key del 1504888C 2>/dev/null || true
    rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mythbuntu-repos.list 2>/dev/null || true
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I'm going to test it tomorrow... please wait 10 hours... :P –  espectalll123 Jun 29 '12 at 22:05
Tested! Thanks! :) –  espectalll123 Jun 30 '12 at 10:33
Note that maintainer scripts are not allowed for applications submitted through the Ubuntu App Developer process –  David Planella Jul 8 '12 at 7:40

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