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Old 05-31-2006, 08:39 PM   #1
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problem of hard disk espace need to delete DE

Hello all
i have came accross a problem i didn't expect it's that i only have 190 mb of hard disk espace on my pc and it's the only pc i have... i have as a beginner installed kde on it; for the sake of browsing the web but i am not keen of things that looks alot like windows, and i prefer CLI... what's the best, most effective, faultproof way to uninstall desktop environment KDE and replace it by a slim window manager?
what's the less fancy and most effective window manager existing?
i just need it to watch to launch a cd player or to test a java program with graphical interface.. and sometimes watch tv with tvtime.
thank you very much.
Old 06-01-2006, 01:07 PM   #2
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Open up an xterm. The following will give you a list of installed packages starting with 'k'
dpkg -l | grep ^ii | cut -f3 -d ' ' | grep ^k > pkglist
Then edit pkglist, removing the names of the packages you want to keep, and then issue (as root) an "apt-get remove --purge $(cat pkglist)"; you may want to shut down X before doing so--not that I think you have to, but I suspect that running new kde progams will be... difficult, what without the KDE libraries and all. Also, after removing the packages, you can delete pkglist.

For a more lightweight wm, I can recommend (well, I use) fluxbox. See also the member choice awards here on LQ. I don't know about java or tvtime, but I highly suspect that both are completely wm-agnostic. If you also want a light-weight (textual) browser, I can recommend elinks. (apt-get install fluxbox; apt-get install elinks).

Hope this helps --Jonas
Old 06-01-2006, 02:16 PM   #3
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thank you, will try this..


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