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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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Package and Selection States

The possible states that a package can be in are:

config-files

Only the configuration files for the package are present on the system.

half-configured

The package is unpacked, and configuration was started but not completed.

half-installed

Installation was started but not completed.

installed

The package is unpacked and configured.

not-installed

The package is not installed.

unpacked

The package is unpacked but not configured.

The possible package selection states are:

deinstall

The package has been selected for deinstallation (i.e., for removal of everything but the configuration files).

install

The package has been selected for installation.

purge

The package has been selected to be purged (i.e., for removal of everything including the configuration files).

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