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First of all, I'm really new to Ubuntu and Tor. I've been trying to get tor working for days now and I can't seem to do it. Right now I'm trying to remove all remnants of tor/vidalia/polipo from my computer so I can start fresh again.

I've uninstalled vidalia and tor from the software center, but there's still two folders in the /etc directory (privoxy and polipo). Does this mean that these programs are still installed? If not, can I just delete the directory and how would I do that? I'm using Ubuntu 11.04.

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To remove the configuration files, re-install rot and polipo, then purge them (remove removes the application, but leaves the system configuration files.

sudo apt-get purge tor polipo

From the apt-get man page


purge is identical to remove except that packages are removed and purged (any configuration files are deleted too).

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Also refer to… for removal of configuration files in your homefolder since files created by the programs themselves won't be touched by apt-get purge. – bkzland Dec 26 '11 at 20:40

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