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Old 12-16-2002, 12:30 AM   #1
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Deleting unwanted programmes...


I find that I am somewhat pushed for space on my harddrive and i would like to delete some programmes. I am using Mandrake 9.

When I use the 'Software Packages Removal' programme under Development there are these entries:

emacs-x11-21.2-12mdk
gdb-5.2.1-2mdk
perl-libwww-perl-5.65-4mdk


and under Development /Other:

-Perl-html-Parser-3.26-3mdk
perl-URL-1.20-1mdk


The right hand pane gives a description of each heading when it is clicked upon but I am afraid I don't have the confidence or knowledge of the system yet to delete haphazardly.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 02:03 AM   #2
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Have you removed the programs you don't use? (editors,games, etc) "rpm -e programname" will remove them while leaving your dependencies intact.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 02:06 AM   #3
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Or for the huge hogs, wm's like Gnome or KDE (the problem is if you use any component of either one though..)

Cool
 
Old 12-16-2002, 02:23 AM   #4
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I believe to make sure they are no unwanted or miss-overlooked programs to be deleted / removed accidentally, use apt-get with sypnatic as console frontend gtk GUI.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 02:42 AM   #5
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Your search - sypnatic - did not match any documents. <google/linux>
sypnatic-The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary.<Merriam-Webster>

apt-get in Mandrake
Congratulations! I'm dazed and confused.

Last edited by Allen614; 12-16-2002 at 02:43 AM.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 02:57 AM   #6
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Missed spelled? Synaptic i think .... (confused)
 
Old 12-16-2002, 06:12 AM   #7
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Right!... haven't removed any programmes yet... too bl**dy scared to in case I stuff things up.

Allen614, I take it 'rpm -e programname' is a command line entry and Synaptic is a front end program?

I'll give it a go and report back,

Thanks to all... regards
 
Old 12-16-2002, 07:14 AM   #8
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Synaptic is the front-end for apt-get.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 10:04 AM   #9
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In a term as root (su) "rpm -e programname" will remove a program without breaking any dependencies.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 08:36 PM   #10
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Yes, because RPM engine will calculate and find dependencies before letting you to uninstall/delete programmes. Sometime some dependencies is anonymous to normal users, I still recommend some kind of explanatory GUI to help out, such as Synaptic. I have been using very long time, giving me better control on packages installed inside my systems, as well as different views.

You can select each category to display: Networking, Multimedia, Programming, System Utilities etc...

Also you can see what is the available version and installed version as well as some newly available package. The apt-get also determine what kinds of packages are suitable for your distributions.

Too much I can say about its pros against normal KPackager or Packages GUI. Try and experience yourself, maybe?
 
Old 12-16-2002, 08:53 PM   #11
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You might want to check your /var directory. Log files do build up over time. I always put /var in it's own partition so it doesn't get too big.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 09:17 PM   #12
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Huh???
 
Old 12-16-2002, 10:44 PM   #13
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Allen614... what would the syntax be, using the command line you have suggested, for one of the examples I have mentioned earlier in the thread?

I have tried to find Synaptic but it appears the page is no longer available!

I'll post my progress... regards
 
Old 12-16-2002, 10:50 PM   #14
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See this article http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=1890&page=4
 
Old 12-16-2002, 10:53 PM   #15
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As root "rpm -e programname". Not the .rpm but the binary itself. If you get a dependency error you can use" --nodeps" but I wouldn't advise. http://www.rpm.org
 
  


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