6.11 What is meant by unknown, install, remove purge and hold in the package status?
These "want" flags tell what the user wanted to do with a package (as
indicated either by the user's actions in the "Select" section of
dselect, or by the user's direct invocations of
Their meanings are:
unknown - the user has never indicated whether he wants the package
install - the user wants the package installed or upgraded
remove - the user wants the package removed, but does not want to remove any
existing configuration files.
purge - the user wants the package to be removed completely, including its
hold - the user wants this package not to be processed, i.e., he wants to keep
the current version with the current status whatever that is.