delete software package distributions
command is used to delete packages
that have been previously installed with the
Package names may be specified either as the package name itself, or as a
filename which consists of the package name plus the “.tgz”
suffix, or as a full pathname like
, so that shell wildcards can
Version numbers and flavors (see
can be omitted, unless the resulting specification is ambiguous.
by default (but see
The options are as follows:
- Delete unused dependencies (packages that are not needed by
anything tagged as installed manually). Can be used without
pkgnames. If used with
pkgnames, it will only delete non manual
installs in the list.
- Set pkg-destdir as the
prefix to prepend to any object deleted.
- Delete extra configuration file, mentioned as
in the packing-list.
- Force removal of the package.
name is a keyword that states what
failsafe should be waived. Recognized keywords include:
- force the deletion of packages even if they reference
- also delete the whole set of packages that depends upon
the requested packages.
- uninstall even if not running as root.
- external scripts may fail.
- Switch on interactive mode.
pkg_delete may ask questions to the user if
faced with difficult decisions.
- Causes pkg_delete to always
display the progress meter in cases it would not do so by default.
- Don't actually deinstall a package, just report the steps
that would be taken if it were.
- Delete package quickly, do not bother with checksums before
removing normal files. For signed packages, do not bother verifying
signatures either. If used twice, it will not bother with checksums for
configuration files either.
- Don't actually deinstall packages, report the disk size
changes that would happen.
- Turn on verbose output. Several
-v turn on more verbose output. By default,
pkg_delete is almost completely silent, but
it reacts to keyboard status requests (see
-v turns on basic messages,
-vv adds relevant system operations,
-vvv shows most internal computations apart
from individual file/directory additions, and
-vvvvv shows everything.
- Delete everything, except the list of packages that
- Disable progress meter.
examines installed package records for
inter-dependencies between installed packages, deletes the package contents in
an order respecting dependencies (e.g., packages with dependencies get removed
first), and finally removes the package records.
If a package is required by other installed packages not mentioned in the list
of packages to remove, pkg_delete
will list those
dependent packages and refuse to delete the package.
If a deinstall
script exists for the package
is more versatile), it is
executed before any files are removed. Such a script can be used to remove
messy dynamic files created by the package on installation or during usage.
script is called as:
Passing the keyword DEINSTALL
potentially write only one program/script that handles all aspects of
installation and deletion.
- Where to look for installed packages instead of
- Value for pkg-destdir, if
no -B option is specified; value passed to
any DEINSTALL or
REQUIRE script invoked from the package.
- Jordan Hubbard
- initial design
- Marc Espie
- complete rewrite