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Folders and files not removed after unistalling software

asked 2016-10-17 17:35:25 -0500

MaoTao gravatar image

updated 2016-10-17 17:35:53 -0500

Well, i have happened to remove some software from my system with sudo dnf remove *name* and also from the default Software panel.

The think is i notice that files or folders related to the removed program, remaining in my system.

I don't think that the problem is always related to dependencies. For example i will post some software here:

ESET NOD32 Antivirus, Evolution Mail, GKrellM etc

Should i browse directories each time and delete manually?

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answered 2016-10-18 04:27:44 -0500

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Sometimes some files/folders are not created by the package, but by running the program itself.

E.g. ~/.mozilla. If you run rpm -qf ~/.mozilla it will tell you that this folder is not part of any package.

dnf remove will only delete declared files/folders, things like userspace stuff, config files,... will remain.

I'm not quite shure but i think thats by design. If i'm wrong i will enjoy disabuse.

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You can manually delete config and data files that are stored in .hidden.files and .folders in your home-dir. But you may also just keep them. They may be very convenient when you decide to start using a program again that you hadn't for a while... you start off where you left..

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-10-18 10:43:42 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-10-18 09:29:17 -0500

MaoTao gravatar image

So it seems that it has to be done manually each time you remove software from your system.

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