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Old 05-04-2009, 06:45 PM   #16
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about un-installing.

You do in fact have to go through and manually delete all the config files etc. Typically when you use a package manager to un-nstall things it only un-installs the packages and dependencies that came with the initial install. The way to do this is :
1 use your package manager to remove the package
ex for ubuntu:
sudo apt-get --purge remove package-name
where "package-name" is the name of the item being removed

2 update your data base
sudo updatedb
3 find remaining crap
locate package-name
4 use the rm command to remove remaining lines

rm /path/to/package-name.leftover
repeat 2, 3, and 4 till everything is gone.

Not doing this can cause conflicts if you try to reinstall the package. Linux doesn't have a registry but you still have to clean up after big programs like compiz are removed.


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