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    Default Clean up utility

    I am looking for a process to clean up orphaned applications or modules. Is this available?

    Thank you for replying.

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    Can you give an example of when this is necessary? What is an "orphaned
    application or module"? Most of the time RPMs are installed for the
    software on a system and removing them removes all of the files associated
    with them. Dependency relationships are also maintained within the RPM
    database so you are protected (until you override the system) from
    breaking your system when you remove something depended-upon by something
    else.

    Good luck.





    ve3fd wrote:
    > I am looking for a process to clean up orphaned applications or modules.
    > Is this available?
    >
    > Thank you for replying.
    >
    >

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    Default Re: Clean up utility

    Hi,

    maybe this rpmorphan - Find & delete orphaned packages in openSUSE | SUSE & openSUSE is what you are searching for when you mean orphaned rpms (libraries).

    Hope this helps

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    I can see that dependent all files are deleted when uninstalling an rpm package. However I have had not much luck when trying to delete a tar ball. Not all interesting applications are available as a rpm package. The result is that the machine gets cluttered with all sorts of files which are not used - I suppose.

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    Default Re: Clean up utility

    Quote Originally Posted by Monex View Post
    Hi,

    maybe this rpmorphan - Find & delete orphaned packages in openSUSE | SUSE & openSUSE is what you are searching for when you mean orphaned rpms (libraries).

    Hope this helps
    This is a good suggestion. Thank you for that. We, the non-geeks, are actually lucky to have knowledgeable people around to answer questions.

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    Default Re: Clean up utility

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    Other options from what Monex has already provided may be searching for
    old files by their creation timestamp. This is not always the best
    indicator of what is required and what is old and optional. This is one
    reason package management is nice.

    The best thing to do (in my not-so-humble opinion) is to keep track of
    files you add to your system. For example I create an 'apps' directory in
    my user's home directory (/home/ab/apps) in which I create a directory for
    every non-RPM application I install. If I get tired of something or go
    back a year later and find it there and unused I can just nuke the
    directory. I also have a 'dnlds' (downloads) directory as a sibling for
    holding all of my downloaded (and kept because I liked them) files added
    to my system. Files only make it to 'dnlds' if they are good and survive
    basic tests (keeping junk stresses me out, so I avoid it).
    Documents/media/etc. all have their own location as well (provided by the
    creation of my user) but cleaning those out never affects applications
    running.

    I guess in my own experience (OS-agnostic) don't put things on the system
    that you don't need, and if you stop needing them then remove them again.
    Also keep track of what you do from time to time (create a Tomboy note,
    for example, of software added as you add it and where) so you can always
    work out these types of things. Finally, in the Open Source spirit, if
    you really like something see if you can work out how to compile it and
    add it to the OpenSUSE Build Service (OBS) (as an RPM) so you can use RPM
    features as well as let others (who are likely wanting the same app) take
    advantage of the tool. This all assumes that the application isn't
    already available via OBS.

    Good luck.





    ve3fd wrote:
    > I can see that dependent all files are deleted when uninstalling an rpm
    > package. However I have had not much luck when trying to delete a tar
    > ball. Not all interesting applications are available as a rpm package.
    > The result is that the machine gets cluttered with all sorts of files
    > which are not used - I suppose.
    >
    >

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