thx, asqwerthasqwerth wrote: ↑Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:13 amProblem is that once in a while the autoremove command could cause the removal of packages that are actually still needed....
see the recent nvidia hooha.
I think that targeted removal of selected packages plus their config files is safer.
But the problem are not the config-files. The problem are the removed packages via autoremove. When dependencies are not correctly set by the maintainers or you have additional 3rd party repos, autoremove can be a bad surprise.
Same thing are orphaned packages. Look about your system with deborphan --guess-all. It's possible that you need some of the listed packages from this command.
For example install dconf-editor on a Xfce-DE. dconf-editor is an app for use with GTK3 based DEs, so Xfce didn't need it for configurations, the DE is based on GTK2 toolkit so far. Without a dependency dconfeditor is an orphaned package but it could be useful. This app can also editing configurations from apps and they based mostly on GTK3.