Re: Removing X Windows and other X related packages question...
From: Keith Morse (kgmorse_at_mpcu.com)
To: email@example.com Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 11:33:21 -0700 (PDT)
On Tue, 19 Aug 2003, Jason Williams wrote:
> Morning everyone.
> I came to the realization this morning that one of the servers I have
> inherited has a lot of crap on it that I really do not want on it.
> Specifically, X windows and it appears gnome as well.
> This server is our PDC so im a little baffled as to why the previous admin
> installed X on this setup...
> Anyway, here is what I wanted to ask:
> What is the best way to remove all the X window packages and any gnome or
> KDE related packages safely from the server?
> I have to be very careful since this is our PDC so I dont want to botch
> anything and screw up the system.
> Anyone have any recommendations on the best way of going about it?
> I have never removed a ton of packages at one time. Normally it is a couple
> here and there, but for this setup, I came for some reinforcements.
A couple of things come to mind. If this were my problem, I'd leave it
alone and schedule a replacement box with a lean installation for the near
future. Barring that, get familiar with the whatprovides, redhatprovide
and other switches to rpm to see what dependencies you will need to
account for when de-X-ing the host. Another is to use setup. I haven't
tried this, but I definitely would investigate as it manages dependencies
quite nicely. Experiment on a box that is not production to get a feel
for the behaviour of "setup". It may be that it's good and installing
packages but not removing them.
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