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Old 12-19-2006, 02:58 PM   #1
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unable to delete folder in Mandriva 2007

I installed Java to a folder on the desktop since I couldnt figure out how to gain permissions in the usr/ folder. I figured it out, but only after I installed java. according to the website, these are the directions for uninstalling it.

2. Self-extracting file uninstallation
1. Find out if Java is installed in some folder. Common locations are /usr/java/jre_<version> or /opt/jre_nb/jre_<version>/bin/java/
2. When you have located the folder, you may delete folder.
Warning: You should be certain that Java is not already installed using RPM before removing the folder.
3. Type: rm -r name. For example: rm -r jre1.5.0

However, whenever I type that, I go through this agonizingly long list of files, and folders, which the console asks me to remove. Even if I press y to every single one, nothing gets deleted. what am I doing wrong?

I am in the Home.desktop/, the java folder is Home.desktop/jre1.0.5_10
So once in the Home.desktop/ I should type rm - r jre1.0.5_10

am I missing something?

p.s. How do I copy the .bin file to usr/java? The copy command doesnt work in the console (msdos), and the Gui wont let me copy it either
"access denied", but I gave the folder write permissions for all users under root in the console. any help?

Last edited by Gnodab; 12-19-2006 at 03:07 PM.
Old 12-19-2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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You have to be the root user to delete them, so switch over to the root user using su. looks something like:

su - (The dash is optional, it tells the computer to use the root user's PATH variable)
(enter password)
rm -r name

However, one other thing is kind of bothering me. I don't understand what you mean by Home.desktop. Your desktop folder should be located at /home/(username)/Desktop/.
Old 12-19-2006, 03:19 PM   #3
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Ya, your right I just figured that out. Anyways, I was logged in as root (#), and It goes through the motions of deleting the folder/files, but it doesnt.
Old 12-19-2006, 03:37 PM   #4
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try launching your file manager as root (konqueror or nautilus) and then try to delete them.
Old 12-19-2006, 05:39 PM   #5
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Since it's a directory the below command will work.

rm -rf jre1.5.0


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