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I want to remove configuration files of a package (the system one at least), but avoid reinstalling the package because of its size. Basically I want to do this

sudo apt-get purge my-gigabyte-package
sudo apt-get --purge autoremove
sudo apt-get install my-gigabyte-package

but without reinstalling the package. I tried

sudo apt-get --purge install my-gigabyte-package
sudo apt-get --purge upgrade my-gigabyte-package
sudo apt-get --purge -f install my-gigabyte-package
sudo apt-get --purge --reinstall install my-gigabyte-package
sudo apt-get --purge check my-gigabyte-package

but as expected none of them worked.

Is there any option, how to achieve this?

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    Purge just removes/resets the packages config in /etc (see here. Note that it does remove the files in the user's home diretory, which most of the time are the issue. Which program(s) do you want 'purged'? – Wilf Mar 7 '15 at 17:05
  • LibreOffice with a huge amount of extensions. I don't want to reinstall it because of that huge amount of extensions. I don't remember, where I found most of them, but I need 99% of them – aleskva Mar 7 '15 at 17:08
  • apt-get purge with -s says 812 MB to be removed. With addition of apt-get --purge autoremove it could be more than 1 GB.. – aleskva Mar 7 '15 at 17:12
  • Why do you want to remove Libreoffice? If you want to remove you user's configuration of Libreoffice you can try moving/removing ~/.config/libreoffice (or ~/.libreoffice (can't remember)) to see if it does what you want. Note the packages might be cached (see this for where) so you might not have - does the option apt-get -s --reinstall install libreoffice* (without sudo) show antyhing need be downloaded? – Wilf Mar 7 '15 at 21:04
  • Sorry but there is a probably a easier way of fixing whatever your issue with Libreoffice is than purging and reinstalling it. – Wilf Mar 7 '15 at 21:08
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Finally I just backuped extension list and I'll make clean installation. But if there will be any better solution, please write it here for next generations. Thanks

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