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In ubuntu, I did these commands:

sudo apt-get install build-essential vala-desktop-agnostic checkinstall
sudo apt-get build-dep avant-window-navigator

How can i un-apt-get, or uninstall the packages it pulls in?

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

First your remove the packages with remove or purge

sudo apt-get purge build-essential vala-desktop-agnostic checkinstall
sudo apt-get purge ....

Then you remove now unneeded dependencies

sudo apt-get autoremove

In the case of build-dep you will have to figure out manually which packages are build-dependencies of avant-window-manager. Synaptic will tell you that.

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apt-get remove should do the trick, apt-get purge if you want to dump the config files as well.

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Also, "apt-get autoremove" to remove packages that was installed as a dependency, but uninstalled everything that depends on it. – petersohn May 21 '10 at 6:51
apt-get --purge remove packagename – Shiki May 21 '10 at 6:54
yeah, but if you apt-get remove it'll tell you about autoremove ;) – Journeyman Geek May 21 '10 at 7:31

The first step will remove the installed packages:

sudo apt-get purge build-essential vala-desktop-agnostic checkinstall

The second step will search for the build-deps and mark them as automatically installed, and hence removable:

sudo aptitude markauto $(apt-cache showsrc PACKAGE_NAME | sed -e '/Build-Depends/!d;s/Build-Depends: \|,\|([^)]*),*\|\[[^]]*\]//g')

You may or may not then need the third step:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove


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