Just tested on bullseye and both commands below works as expected|indented, packages marked as automatically installed (and no longer needed) and packages with configuration files left are removed, as per apt subcommand.
$ sudo apt purge '~g|~c' $ sudo apt remove '~g|~c' -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Ubuntu Touch seeded packages, which is subscribed to apt in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1995790 Title: apt-patterns does not work as described in man pages Status in apt package in Ubuntu: New Bug description: The awesome apt has a some wonderful tips on their EXAMPLES section (printed below). The choice of name to "garbage" might not have been the best but the function is extremely useful. $ man apt-patterns | sed '/EXAMPLES/,/^[^ ]/!d;/^[^ ]/d' apt remove ?garbage Remove all packages that are automatically installed and no longer needed - same as apt autoremove apt purge ?config-files Purge all packages that only have configuration files left apt list '~i !~M (~slibs|~sperl|~spython)' List all manually-installed packages in sections matching libs, perl, or python. Lets mark a package as automatically installed, and use the examples. $ sudo apt-mark auto shotwell shotwell set to automatically installed. $ sudo apt remove ?garbage Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done Reading state information... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: libraw20 shotwell shotwell-common Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. $ sudo apt autoremove Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done Reading state information... Done The following packages will be REMOVED: libraw20 shotwell shotwell-common 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 3 to remove and 0 not upgraded. After this operation, 9.806 kB disk space will be freed. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] N Abort. Apt-patterns works as it should everywhere else, as far as I can see, it works wonders with ie `apt list '~g|~c'` and many other applications. I used `apt purge '~g|~c'` successfully in Ubuntu 20.04 for years, so I feel this is a regression. ProblemType: Bug DistroRelease: Ubuntu 22.04 Package: apt 2.4.8 ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.15.0-52.58-generic 5.15.60 Uname: Linux 5.15.0-52-generic x86_64 NonfreeKernelModules: zfs zunicode zavl icp zcommon znvpair ApportVersion: 2.20.11-0ubuntu82.1 Architecture: amd64 CasperMD5CheckResult: unknown CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME Date: Sun Nov 6 10:57:52 2022 SourcePackage: apt UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to jammy on 2022-03-26 (224 days ago) To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+bug/1995790/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages Post to : email@example.com Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp