So i just got rid of Libreoffice writer app from my system through the terminal with the purge command. To make sure i don't leave behind any files related to libre-office i also ran the autoremove command after it. Still when i run 'apt list --installed' (photo attached) i also see some files with the name 'libreoffice'. Why is that? Are those configuration files ? If so, the purge command is supposed to get rid of the configurations too, isn't it? How do i get rid of these files assuming they are just left-overs from the libreoffice-writer app i had uninstalled before.

Related info - I've never installed anything related to libreoffice on my system before.Also i never installed the whole libreoffice suit. I only installed the libreoffice-writer app from Ubuntu's software app.

'apt list --installed' result image

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    That's to be expected, libreoffice is a software suite with several components and you removed obviously only a single component.
    – mook765
    Oct 17, 2021 at 9:07
  • I did not install the whole suite. I only installed the libreoffice writer app from the ubuntu software center app. How do i get rid of these lingering 'components' if they serve no purpose being on my system?
    – skekmal
    Oct 17, 2021 at 9:12
  • You seem to have misunderstood the purpose of both autoremove and purge. Neither "forces" removal of a package tree. If you investigate, you will see that LibreOffice Math is required by some other element of your system -- usually the desktop metapackage. Therefore, it's not orphaned. Therefore it's not eligible for autoremoval. In turn, everything that Math depends upon is also ineligible for autoremoval.
    – user535733
    Oct 17, 2021 at 11:26
  • Unless they have changed, libreoffice suite is included when you install Ubuntu. Usually do not need to install the 'writer' app.
    – crip659
    Oct 17, 2021 at 11:36

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To purge libreoffice completely you have to remove all its packages by

sudo apt-get purge '*libreoffice*' --autoremove
  • What are the astericks around 'libreoffice' is for ?
    – skekmal
    Oct 17, 2021 at 9:20
  • They will remove all ocurrencies including libreoffice word, asterisks mean any symbol. If unsure try to simulate this command first apt-get purge '*libreoffice*' --autoremove --simulate .
    – N0rbert
    Oct 17, 2021 at 9:28

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