I want to get rid of all the settings eg. of wine which aren't deleted when purging it, but don't want to delete them all by hand. Is there any tool, that lets me do this? If not that might be a coding-idea for some one?
There is no such tool I am aware of, but some programs do store the path to the users configuration files in their manual page under the Files section. The next text is retrieved from
If you've just installed an application and want to purge it including any settings, you might want to look for these files based on their modification time. That can be done using
The output will contain the modification date, owner/group (usually your user/group), size and name and will be piped into
Finally, you can look at the source (you're using FOSS software, right :) ) if you understand the language. If the program is small, this is doable. But if the program is large, it gets more difficult.
If you want to reset all of your personal settings, you should delete all hidden files in your home directory, with the excpetion of
It is not always simple to delete settings for a particular application, because the hidden file or directory it create, usually on first run, can have sometimes a name very cryptic (for example the hidden directory for pidgin used to be
Apart from pathological cases, a search like
should give a good hint of what to delete to reset the application.
As @htorque pointed out in a comment below, in hidden files and dirs there could be also data, as emails under
So, as always, have a backup of your sensible data somewhere.