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Thread: How to really uninstall programms

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    How to really uninstall programms


    since I've got this problem several times and never find a solution in any boards I post it here.

    My problem is, that I installed something and after deinstalling it with:
    apt-get remove xyz
    apt-get autoclean xyz
    apt-get autoremove xyz
    apt-get purge xyz
    there are still peaces of it in the system. To give you an example:
    I installt phpmyadmin but missed to put a "*" by apache2, so it isn't loaded by apache2. Since I didn't want to dig in to apache2 configs and where to copy which file, I want to deinstall phpmyadmin to check the apache2 option during the installation. but after
    apt-get remove apache2
    apt-get autoclean apache2
    apt-get autoremove apache2
    apt-get purge apache2
    and the
    root@ubuserv:/usr/share/phpmyadmin# apt-get install phpmyadmin
    Paketlisten werden gelesen... Fertig
    Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut       
    Reading state information... Fertig
    Die folgenden zusätzlichen Pakete werden installiert:
      libmcrypt4 php5-mcrypt
    Vorgeschlagene Pakete:
      libmcrypt-dev mcrypt
    Die folgenden NEUEN Pakete werden installiert:
      libmcrypt4 php5-mcrypt phpmyadmin
    0 aktualisiert, 3 neu installiert, 0 zu entfernen und 9 nicht aktualisiert.
    Es müssen 2963kB Archive geholt werden.
    After this operation, 10,7MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Möchten Sie fortfahren [J/n]? j
    Hole:1 hardy/universe libmcrypt4 2.5.7-5 [82,8kB]
    Hole:2 hardy/universe php5-mcrypt 5.2.3-0ubuntu1 [19,7kB]
    Hole:3 hardy/universe phpmyadmin 4:2.11.3-1ubuntu1 [2860kB]
    Es wurden 2963kB in 4s geholt (602kB/s)
    Vorkonfiguration der Pakete ...
    Wähle vormals abgewähltes Paket libmcrypt4.
    (Lese Datenbank ... 38588 Dateien und Verzeichnisse sind derzeit installiert.)
    Entpacke libmcrypt4 (aus .../libmcrypt4_2.5.7-5_amd64.deb) ...
    Wähle vormals abgewähltes Paket php5-mcrypt.
    Entpacke php5-mcrypt (aus .../php5-mcrypt_5.2.3-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb) ...
    Wähle vormals abgewähltes Paket phpmyadmin.
    Entpacke phpmyadmin (aus .../phpmyadmin_4%3a2.11.3-1ubuntu1_all.deb) ...
    Richte libmcrypt4 ein (2.5.7-5) ...
    Richte php5-mcrypt ein (5.2.3-0ubuntu1) ...
    Richte phpmyadmin ein (4:2.11.3-1ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for libc6 ...
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    the configuration doesn't appear. I think this file is still in the system.

    This is just one example it is still getting worse.

    I installed ebox, since it crashes because I didn't have ldap running I deinstalled it. But ebox hat some cronjobs left, which mailed me every hour that there is an problem and ebox isn't running correct ...

    So how can I deinstall a program with all the crap configuration files ?

    Thanks so far


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Re: How to really uninstall programms

    sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq packagename

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Re: How to really uninstall programms

    If you still have those cronjobs running, and you wanna get rid of them execute:

    rm /etc/cron.hourly/ebox /etc/cron.hourly/99purgeEBoxLogs
    By the way, can you tell me a bit more about what happened yo your LDAP and eBox, thanks


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