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Software Maintenance

by Chairface / September 16, 2004 6:20 PM PDT

G'day all...

Having been an avid Linux user for some time I decided to take the plunge last year and buy an iBook, which has been the single greatest decision I have ever made in buying a machine.

One year on, and I have installed various bits and pieces of software that I thought that I would need (but never have). Now, I would like to have a bit of a tidy up to free up some disk space. I have deleted the directories where software has been exclusively installed, but would like to know how to get rid of things like the Palm desktop guff, which blasts files all over the place (~/, /libs etc etc).

There's no rpm -e, so how do you go about it?

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Re: Software Maintenance
by Eduardo_Calderon / September 24, 2004 4:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Software Maintenance

Suggestion

Open your Mac HD. Go to Applictions Folder and Open. Select the Aplication(s) - for more than 1, you need to select the first, and from then on press Function Key (Next to the space bar) - that you want to delete, there is no coming back.

Go to "File" and select "Move to trash" and you are done.

Hope it helps.

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Re: Software Maintenance
by Chairface / September 30, 2004 6:07 PM PDT

Thanks Eduardo,

I was wondering whether this approach actually tidies up files that get sprayed in to the Library directories too?

Does dragging the app to the trash _sctually_ uninstall or just remove the app from the menus?

Sorry to harp on about this...

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Re: Software Maintenance
by pepsaholic / October 1, 2004 4:37 AM PDT

If there is an Uninstall application included with the installer, that might be what you need to do, if there is more that needs to go away. If you're looking to free up space, the remnants of an application, beyond the actual folder, shouldn't be taking up much space.

Deleting the application folder ACTUALLY removes the program, freeing the drive space. Deleting the app folder does not, however remove items in the Library folder, etc., but deleting the program folder is "usually" enough to get the average user by.

Also, go to your System Preferences to Login Items, and see if anything "Palm" is automatically starting up. You can turn it off, and that might clear up some items.

As a last ditch effort, you could also do a search for "Palm" and delete files directly from the results window, but I'd be really cautious.

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