# Ubuntu – Are these old kernel packages starred

aptkernelpackage-management

I'm following the description given in this answer and when asked by apt if I want to remove the packages, they are listed followed by an asterisk.

The command was

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.13.0-{32,43,44,46}-generic


The resulting prompt was

The following packages will be REMOVED:
linux-image-3.13.0-32-generic* linux-image-3.13.0-43-generic*
linux-image-3.13.0-44-generic* linux-image-3.13.0-46-generic*
linux-image-extra-3.13.0-32-generic* linux-image-extra-3.13.0-43-generic*
linux-image-extra-3.13.0-44-generic* linux-image-extra-3.13.0-46-generic*


My question is, why are these (unused) packages marked with asterisks even though my command did not call for asterisks? I don't think I've ever seen that before and I couldn't find an answer (my bad if it should be easy to find). I'm guessing it somehow signifies they aren't used any more, but then wouldn't they automatically be de-installed?

   --purge

And you did use apt-get purge.