What is an alternative to “sudo dpkg –configure -a” which removes the problematic package?

On a general basis I want to know which command I can use if I need to run sudo dpkg --configure -a to solve a problem with a package but if I don’t want to continue the installation but abort it and remove the package.


Specifically, I tried to install Citadel on my Raspberry which I aborted during the download of a file. The process was not continuing and I did not find another way as to exit the ssh-session and later kill the process.

Now, I want to remove the package, but upon apt remove citadel-suite I get the error that I have to run dpkg --configure -a. If I run this it tries to install the package again and I run into the same problem.

Which command would instead purge all of the installed packages and give dpkg free?