When installing an application it creates few files/folder, mostly in HOME ~/.config and ~/.local/share/.

After removing the application these files do not automatically get removed. So, is there a way to remove all the files related to a removed app?

PS: How to remove configuration files completely <- I've read this question but it suggests removing the files one-by-one for each application. I am looking for a way to remove all these files in one step, if there's any.


Ubuntu Tweak 0.6.x series has introduced some new features like: Unity-specific settings and tweaks,   a built-in Computer Janitor   , options to change the theme, icons, fonts and more.

To install the latest Ubuntu Tweak 0.6, use the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Or download it from Launchpad.

Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak

  • Ahh! Ubuntu Tweak. Why did it never occur to me lol. Thanks :) – Gaurav Butola Feb 19 '12 at 18:00

Also worth trying, athough the log files and the files and the user-folder do not get deleted:

sudo dpkg --purge $(COLUMNS=200 dpkg -l | grep "^rc" | tr -s ' ' | cut -d ' ' -f 2)

Read more here: http://en.kioskea.net/faq/8269-ubuntu-cleaning-up-configuration-residue-packages

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