I have uninstalled a package and i have added the ppa via terminal for example.

I have to know that the packages have uninstalled successfully without leaving any file in my computer.

Is there any Command line to check it whether it was removed without leaving a single file?

I'm using Ubuntu14.04


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If the package maintainer is a good package maintainer, then the following should be enough:

To remove a package completely, use

 sudo apt-get purge package_name

But it can be, that some configuration files exists in your home folder. This files will not be removed by the command above.

As I don't know your package name, simply start a search

find ~ -maxdepth 1 -iname '*package_name*''


find ~/.config -iname '*package_name*''

Don't remove the * from the search pattern. Change only the package_name.

But if you in doubt, start a full scan

sudo   find / -iname '*package_name*''
  • also, apt-file list package_name will list all the files a package installs although it doesn't include generated config files
    – mchid
    Aug 6, 2015 at 5:48
  • The installed software may have created other files the package manager can not know about.
    – Raphael
    Aug 6, 2015 at 8:53

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