Subject: Re: Removing All Packages
To: Ian Zagorskih <email@example.com>
From: D'Arcy J.M. Cain <darcy@NetBSD.org>
Date: 10/29/2004 07:53:59
On Fri, 29 Oct 2004 14:00:49 +0700
Ian Zagorskih <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Friday 29 October 2004 08:53, Daniel Bolgheroni wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I trying to remove _all_ packages from my system, with the minimal
> > amount of commands possible.
> > What's the easy way to do this?
> > Thank you.
> # pkg_delete -r \*
Make damn sure that you are in the right directory and that you get the
direction of that slash correct. Safer is just "rm -rf /usr/pkg
/var/db/pkg" as someone else suggested.
By the way, once in a while I like to make sure that I have a clean
installation of pkgsrc but I can't necessarily wipe them all out while I
rebuild. KDE and OpenOffice take days just by themselves on some
machines. What I do is like above except that I just wipe out the
database. The steps I do are;
1. rm -rf /var/db/pkg
2. Build the packages. I have a script that builds the ones I want.
3. Remove any old files from pkg using find(1)
4. rm -rf /var/db/pkg again
5. Build packages again in case there are some older files installed by
I may lose a few files at step 3 temporarily but mostly I am never
without a system while I do this. The only problem I have is that some
packages fail if the files exist but they think that they don't have to
worry about it since it is a new installation. I just handle those
manually. One of these days I will add a little post build stuff to
handle those cases.
D'Arcy J.M. Cain <darcy@NetBSD.org>