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Old 09-01-2004, 03:10 AM   #1
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Wink Removing Gnome in Redhat 6.2

Recently i am thinking about upgrading my RH 6.2 to version 9, and i would like to remove Gnome before starting the upgrade.

Does any know how can i remove Gnome completely in Redhat?

Thanks in advance.

Old 09-03-2004, 03:56 PM   #2
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Trying to remove something as complex as the graphical environment without a dependency aware package manager like 'yum' or 'apt' would be horribly fiddly and time-consuming - using 'rpm' for these kinds of tasks is an awful experience.

In truth, Red Hat 6.2 is so totally different to current distributions in terms of both software and directory layout that I doubt that any upgrade routine would work at all. For example Apache 2 uses different configuration files to Apache 1, and LSB-compliant distributions like more recent versions of Red Hat don't put the data files in odd places like /home/httpd anymore. Time for a fresh start...

Usual caveat: Red Hat 9 and below are out of official support, so either pick up security updates from Fedora Legacy or change to Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise or third-party projects like White Box or CentOS. There have been a few nasty Linux vulnerabilities discovered since Red Hat 9 was discontinued.
Old 09-03-2004, 05:40 PM   #3
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If you are still in the thinking stages of upgrading, then I'll assume you haven't actually done it yet, and if so, I'd agree with hob's advice and would likewise recommend doing a fresh reinstall. I have no first hand knowledge of trying to make a leap of that distance (6.2 to 9.0 is huge) but the prospect would be daunting, to say the least. If you did take the fresh reinstall route though, you could just avoid installing Gnome in the first place, and thus knock out any need for cleaning up after the fact.

I'll also second hob's comments regarding RH9 no longer being officially supported - that is (or at least should be) an important consideration given that there won't be any future security or maintenance patches. Personally, I would be inclined to consider using a distro that is being supported. On the other hand if you've been using 6.2 for the past several years, I will have to presume that the topic of keeping maintenance up to date is one that you are well acquainted with.

In any event good luck with it whatever decision you make. -- J.W.


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