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Old 10-12-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Question about Debian


Hello,

I just installed Debian on my Dell Inspiron 3800 laptop and it's working fine except for one thing. I used the included package manager (in KDE 3.3) to uninstall all of the programs I don't need in order to save space, however I've noticed that in my Applications menu there is a folder called Debian and it contains many of the programs that I had already uninstalled. I'm not sure how to remove programs which appear in that folder since they do not appear in the package manager or if they do I can't find them. Any ideas about how I go about deleting that folder or at least everything in it?

Thanks,
 
Old 10-12-2005, 04:35 PM   #2
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The way to uninstall programs in debian is with "dpkg -r <package>" You can use synaptic, too. Synaptic is gnome front end for dselect. You are not very specific about what exactly you did, or how you did it, and even what the exact path is to the directory that contains the programs you deleted. There is a directory that contains ".desktop" files. These are incredibly small, and allow the launching of a program from a menu or desktop. They have names like "synaptic.desktop". These are not the files you want to worry about. If it makes you feel better, you can delete them. I never bother because they are 512 bytes at most. That means that 2000 of them make 1 MB.

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Old 10-12-2005, 08:21 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for your help, synaptic makes this much easier. However I was wondering if you could direct me to a good package repository. Right now I'm using the York University repository but it seems fairly out of date. I'm not really sure what to look for or how to find a good repository.

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Old 10-13-2005, 03:25 AM   #4
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There is a list of official repositories at the Debian page and a list of unofficial repos at apt-get.org.
 
Old 10-13-2005, 08:55 AM   #5
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Also check the Debian forum. At the top there is a News: sticky where a few members have posted their sources.lst. It's apretty good list, and using the unstable sources will get you the updated apps.

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Old 10-14-2005, 10:39 AM   #6
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ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/debian
 
Old 10-14-2005, 11:27 AM   #7
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dpkg -r <package> is the best option. The other way round is to manually delete the unwanted entries. You will find all the aplications in /var/lib/gnome/Debian/Apps/. Just delete the entries from there.

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Old 10-14-2005, 03:13 PM   #8
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Thank you very much.
 
Old 10-15-2005, 04:11 AM   #9
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Re: Question about Debian

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Hello,

I just installed Debian on my Dell Inspiron 3800 laptop and it's working fine except for one thing. I used the included package manager (in KDE 3.3) to uninstall all of the programs I don't need in order to save space, however I've noticed that in my Applications menu there is a folder called Debian and it contains many of the programs that I had already uninstalled. I'm not sure how to remove programs which appear in that folder since they do not appear in the package manager or if they do I can't find them. Any ideas about how I go about deleting that folder or at least everything in it?

Thanks,
Go to K -> Settings -> Menu editor and just remove the relevant stuff

If you want to completely remove an app and all its associated files then from a console do apt-get --purge remove <app_name>. This will not necessarily update the kde menu though.
 
  


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