View Full Version : [ubuntu] Deleting files in usr/lib

July 8th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Is there anyway to delete files in the usr/lib folders?

July 8th, 2008, 08:43 AM
Had you tried doing it using the terminal?

sudo rm /usr/lib/filename_to_delete.extension

July 8th, 2008, 08:44 AM
Yes, but it usually isn't a good idea. What exactly do you want to delete? Most programs and their dependencies are handled through the package managers.

July 8th, 2008, 10:42 AM
If you're confident with what you're doing, try this in terminal:

'sudo nautilus' which allows you to brows all your files but in superuser mode or something like that, I've only used it for getting crap off of my USB stick that I don't ave permissions for.

Good luck

July 8th, 2008, 10:58 AM
As Rocket2DMn said, it's best not to directly delete those files. If you want to remove them, you can figure out what package they belong to with:

dpkg -S /usr/lib/name_of_some_file

Then to remove them, use:

sudo apt-get remove name_of_the_package_reported

That will also show you the ways you are about to break your system by removing libraries from it and let you decide if it's actually a good idea.