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I realise that for removing the LAMP stack there are several threads already, but without wishing to duplicate the question, how can I simulate removal of LAMP on Ubuntu 16.04 as recommended by Akhil Varma here?

I'm unable to leave a comment there. Especially because many people have experienced problems when removing LAMP, I think a step-by-step guide to testing it out first would be helpful.

I'll be most grateful for any help, as I really need to free up memory.

  • your url is broken; goes to a non-existing location. editted if that is not the correct one please edit it ;) – Rinzwind Jul 1 '17 at 9:26
  • And I doubt there is a way to test a removal. You can see what it removes before answering "yes" to it. But the end results ... nope. – Rinzwind Jul 1 '17 at 9:29
  • url broken ? Sorry, Rinzwind, but the link's working for me, even when I'm logged out of the site. Here is the full address, though: askubuntu.com/questions/447086/… – Rene Thomas Jul 4 '17 at 7:27
  • Please read the 1st comment carefully. See the revision history if needed. – Rinzwind Jul 4 '17 at 8:22
  • Aha, yes, I did indeed misread "editted"[sic] as being the imperative "edit it"(!) – Rene Thomas Jul 4 '17 at 17:38
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A good way to do this is using the aptitude package manager. It's an advanced package manager that even includes an in terminal graphic display. Install it with

apt-get install aptitude

Now you can simply use simulate function with

aptitude -s purge phpmyadmin php5 mysql-server

(This command is only to show you how it works! I don't know which packages you exactly want to purge so add them yourself)

However this only shows what will be purged, not the actual purging(like @Rinzwind stated.

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  • This is handy for me to know. I have aptitude installed already, but didn't know about the in terminal graphic manager function, nor how to simulate purges. – Rene Thomas Jul 4 '17 at 7:29
  • @ReneThomas then could you accept the answer? – ADDB Jul 4 '17 at 8:34
  • Yes. As explanation rather than justification (ignorance is said to be no excuse), I have only a shallow understanding of how stack exchange forums work, and it never occurred to me that answers can be accepted by a specific action rather than just by a positive comment. – Rene Thomas Jul 4 '17 at 17:42

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