View Full Version : Uninstalling software

02-25-2005, 12:52 AM
How do I uninstall, for example, Mozilla 1.3? Do I just delete the /usr/bin/mozilla/ directory, or do I have to uninstall it via some sort of add/remove programs thing i.e. Windows? I need to uninstall the old version to install version 1.3-5.

This goes for Open Office and any other software I may update along the way too.


02-25-2005, 08:12 AM
You should do it with apt instead of just deleting.
First find out what's installed: COLUMNS=150 dpkg -l |grep mozilla
Then remove the packages you want, for instance: apt-get remove mozilla
If you want to remove the configuration files as well: apt-get remove --purge mozilla

If you just want to update mozilla there's no need to remove it first, just do:
dselect update
apt-get install mozilla

You can also upgrade everything with apt-get upgrade but since this command tends to break things in knoppix you might want to wait a while until you know how to fix things.
You can read the sticky about apt: http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2638

02-25-2005, 09:51 PM
For an overview of installing/uninstalling Debian packages see here:
For more detailed infromation, see:

02-25-2005, 10:13 PM
Thank you.