Suppose I have a meta-package "m" that installs a, b, and c. After doing an apt-get install m, I encounter an error during the install of b. In our example b does some compilation stuff. Now I want to clean out m, a, b, and c and re-install. What I want is for b to do its compilation stuff as well. What I am seeing, though, is it just goes through the apt-get install routine very quickly, almost like working from a cache.
What is the best method to start from scratch after a meta-package uninstall?