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How to remove broken packages using synaptic package manager i already isntalled it but after selecting status it is not showing broken packages options it is only showing installed, installed (manual) not installed.

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Broken packages that was not shown on synaptic are viewed and purged through the terminal,

If you want to view the broken packages,then run this command

dpkg -l | grep ^rc | awk '{ print $2 }'

If you want to remove the broken packages,then run this

sudo apt-get purge $(dpkg -l | grep ^rc | awk '{ print $2 }')
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tried first command but it's not showing any broken packages :( –  user85857 Jan 11 '14 at 15:23
then you have no broken packages. –  Avinash Raj Jan 11 '14 at 15:24

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