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I have tried removing pure-ftpd-mysql with the following commands without success:

apt-get remove --purge
apt-get autoremove --purge
apt-get purge 
apt-get clean
deborphan --guess-dev | xargs apt-get -y remove --purge

Everytime I run these I get the following and the system hangs:

The following packages will be REMOVED
  pure-ftpd-mysql*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 699 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
(Reading database ... 89500 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing pure-ftpd-mysql ...

I then have to tell the system to reboot and then run:

dpkg --configure -a

Has anyone got any ideas how I can completely remove this package so I can re-install it. Even if I try an install -f it gives the same results.

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Forgot to add this is the exact result it comes back with note the bottom line with the hash # Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y (Reading database ... 89567 files and directories currently installed.) Removing pure-ftpd-mysql ... #Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y (Reading database ... 89567 files and directories currently installed.) Removing pure-ftpd-mysql ... #' –  Palm Int Srv Feb 11 '13 at 14:46

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I have solved my own issue. Though i would not recommend this, After all the un-install processes failed, i eventually gave in and manually located all the remaning files that had anything to do with pure-ftpd and removed them all manually, this then allowed the removal to complete.

Using Webmin file manager I did a search for everything that matched pure-ftpd, pure-ftpd-mysql and pure- and deleted them all. There were about 66 files still remaining.

I have since managed to successfully re install pure-ftpd

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