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Old 06-05-2004, 10:38 AM   #1
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Removing old kernel and other packages installed

Hi guys,

Alright, i guess its time i clean up my system.
Now my question is how do i go about it and wat are the things to take note of.

I have some old version kernels to removed(installed them through packages both kernel-source and kernel).

Also have samba which I am not using at the moment... and wished to removed it and reconfigured all over again.

Thanks in advance
Old 06-05-2004, 09:40 PM   #2
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"I have some old version kernels to removed(installed them through packages both kernel-source and kernel)."

Issue the command:
uname -r

which will tell you the name of the kernel that you are running on. Then go into /boot and delete every kernel other that the one you are running on.

Each kernel has a directory in /lib/modules containing the loadable kernel modules. There will be a directory called /lib/modules/your-kernel-name. That is part of the kernel that you are running on. You can delete every other directory in /lib/modules.

You also have initrd and files in /boot. Some of these may belong to the kernels that you are deleting. If so then delete the initrd and files that correspond to the kernels that you delete, but of course retain the initrd and that belong to the kernel that you are running on.

Any obsolute kernels that you installed with rpm you can remove with:
rpm -e package-name
You can do so even if you have already deleted the package's files in /boot and /lib/modules.

Of course, if you accidently delete a file that you need then you are screwed which is why you back everything up to tarballs on CD-RW before you start deleting files and also make sure that you have a working rescue CD.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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