[Yum] forcing uninstalls

Blair Smith smithbm at inspi.ufl.edu
Sat Apr 1 01:01:20 UTC 2006

To Lennie I would add that if he really wants to remove something with 
dependents (like say an old gnu C++ library set) then he is better off 
not removing it but rather updating it with a newer version.  YUM should 
let you upgrade packages, which effectively removes older versions.  If 
you are removing packages to make room on your hard drive then perhaps 
it's better to just buy more memory and leave the stuff that has the 44 
dependencies alone!
(Caveat: i'm not an expert, just a curious linux user.)

Jim Perrin wrote:
> On 3/31/06, Lennie Johansson <icedizzy_cs at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all thx 4 your gr8 tool YUM.
>> Wondering, i want to get rid of a package YUM suggest to remove 44 others.
>> Ok got that the 44 packages are able to use what i want to get rid of but it
>> isnt nessesery i judge that.
>> How to force YUM to just remove the packages i want? are there any flags or
>> steps i have to do?
>> Noobish me.
>> Any help?
>> /Ice
> Short answer, you don't. There is no 'force' option. You're telling
> yum to remove a package. Yum is telling you that there are 44 packages
> that depend on what you're trying to remove to function. If you were
> to force only the removal of one, the rest may stop working. Yum is
> doing exactly what it should.
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