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Is there some way to remove a package from package control without actually 
removing the installed files from the filesystem?

I have a situation where I had a package ("gallery") installed via apt-get, 
then my admin partner installed the linux package from a source tarball. A 
package vulernability for "gallery" was annouced, so I upgraded the package 
to the new woody package, and trounced over the source package (oops).

I want to pull "gallery" out of the apt system, but I don't want it to touch 
the existing files until we can reinstall the program from the source 
installer. So, I'd like a way to "apt-get remove" or "dpkg -r" without 
actually touching the installed files.

By the way--we don't want to install using a backport from unstable because 
there are custom patches involved. We just want to build the thing from 
source and keep it entirely out of apt-get's control.

- -- 
R. Douglas Barbieri
doug@dooglio.net
http://www.dooglio.net

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