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There is no synaptic package manager in 11.10,how should i completely remove(Purge) an installed application?

Does clicking on "install" on any software in Ubuntu Software centre means that the command

sudo apt-get install XXXXXXX

will be used in the background?

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It is not missing. It was decided to be removed for several reasons mentioned here:… – Luis Alvarado Nov 1 '11 at 7:08
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You can always install Synaptic from Ubuntu Software Center. From there, you can purge.

sudo apt-get purge will also do the trick from the command line. See man apt-get.

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You can still install Synaptic. Otherwise, install aptitude and then do

sudo aptitude remove package_   

Notice the underscore at the end. You might also be able to do this with apt-get, but I don't have time at the moment to check it out.

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