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I need to clean up my server from PHP 5.3 packages (there are plenty of them) in order to be able to compile PHP 5.2. I am wondering what is the easiest/safest method to get rid of them all?

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This should completely remove any package wich name starts with php and anything related to it.

sudo apt-get -y purge php*
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Lol. Seems I wans't the only one with this idea :p –  RobinJ Sep 3 '11 at 18:07
    
OK thanks both of you. I just chosen your answer because Marco does not seem to have lack of Karma :) –  corev Sep 3 '11 at 18:11
    
Thanks :p To accept an answer, click on the green tick on the left side of the answer. –  RobinJ Sep 3 '11 at 18:17
    
Alright, any ideas on the best way to install PHP 5.2 now? –  corev Sep 3 '11 at 18:19
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This exact command just wiped ALL the packages from my system. I don't advice anyone to use it ever. –  Caballero Oct 21 '13 at 10:32
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You'll probably want to purge all the php* packages from your system. Something with a wild-card should work

sudo apt-get purge php*

You may be interested in How to rollback to PHP 5.2 for where to go next.

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I do not recommend running sudo apt-get purge php*.

That was scary! Fortunately, I didn't type the -y option, because it chose about hundred of packages without php in their name.

Instead, at How to rollback to PHP 5.2? was a great solution:

sudo aptitude purge `dpkg -l | grep php| awk '{print $2}' |tr "\n" " "`
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sudo apt-get -y purge libapache2-mod-php5 libapache2-mod-php5filter libexpect-php5 libgv-php5 libow-php5 php5 php5-adodb php5-auth-pam php5-cgi php5-cli php5-common php5-curl php5-dbg php5-enchant php5-exactimage php5-ffmpeg php5-fpm php5-geoip php5-gmp php5-idn php5-imagick php5-imap php5-interbase php5-intl php5-json php5-lasso php5-ldap php5-librdf php5-mapscript php5-memcache php5-memcached php5-mhash php5-midgard2 php5-ming php5-mssql php5-mysql php5-mysqlnd php5-odbc php5-pgsql php5-ps php5-pspell php5-radius php5-recode php5-remctl php5-rrd php5-sasl php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-suhosin php5-svn php5-sybase php5-tidy php5-tokyo-tyrant php5-uuid php5-xcache php5-xdebug php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl

In your case, you could search for all the packages:

sudo aptitude search php5|awk {'print $2'}|grep -v i386|grep -v "^A"|tr "\n"  " "

and then purge them:

sudo apt-get purge <list of packages found>
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