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how do i remove kde? [Solved]

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:33
by totex71
Hello. i have installed sabayon 9 with kde. and i want to remove it. i can't do equo remove kde-meta. as i could for some years i ago or so.

so how do i do? doing
equo remove kde-base/kde-meta-4.8.4 dosent work either.

Re: how do i remove kde?

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 16:15
by Stupot
Did you do much else besides install Sabayon 9 kde? If not, it would probably be easiest to reinstall from a different DVD to get you where you want to be.

This question gets asked multiple times, I think it's time for somebody to create a wiki page about it, because I can never recall the answer perfectly.

The short answer is, you can't remove all components easily. Removing a meta package doesn't (and never has) remove all the packages. kde-meta is a shell package with lots of dependencies. Instead of removing that, you want to find a base package (one that lots of kde-stuff is dependent on) and remove it and everything that depends on it, perhaps something like kde-base/kdelibs

Note that removing kde-base/kdelibs will remove tons and tons of stuff, possibly more than you even want removed, unless you are absolutely sure you want every bit of KDE removed. Make sure you run the remove command with --ask and check the package list before proceeding. Removing too much might leave your system usable.


That said, unless you are running out of hard drive space or have limited bandwidth for updates, there is no real harm in having kde installed. If you don't use it, it won't hinder performance.

Re: how do i remove kde?

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 17:22
by joost

Code: Select all

equo remove kdelibs --ask --deep
Be sure to have an alternative DM installed. (gdm or lxdm or lightdm)

Re: how do i remove kde?

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 18:01
by Stupot
Yeah well, my answer was longer... :P

Re: how do i remove kde?

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 22:51
by totex71
wow. thanks alot guys! and yes. a wiki page would be awesome! :P

Re: how do i remove kde?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 16:13
by batvink
a wiki guide has been created, under section HOWTO's:
https://wiki.sabayon.org/index.php?title=Remove_KDE
i quoted you guys, here and there., so thank you. :-)
i wrote and tested it in a VM.
it works flawlessly.....

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Re: how do i remove kde?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 22:42
by Stupot
Excellent job.

That looks a great wiki entry. Simple to follow, but still explains plenty. I hope this push to expand the wiki stays around.