Application Packaging Developer's Guide

Removing a Package

Because the pkgrm command updates information in the software products database, it is important when you remove a package to use the pkgrm command—even though you might be tempted to use the rm command instead. For example, you could use the rm command to remove a binary executable file, but that is not the same as using pkgrm to remove the software package that includes that binary executable. Using the rm command to remove a package's files will corrupt the software products database. (If you really only want to remove one file, you can use the removef command, which will update the software product database correctly.

How to Remove a Package

  1. Log in to the system as superuser.

  2. Remove an installed package.

    # pkgrm pkg-abbrev ...


    Is the name of one or more packages (separated by spaces). If omitted, pkgrm removes all available packages.

  3. Verify that the package has successfully been removed, use the pkginfo command.

    $ pkginfo | egrep pkg-abbrev

    If pkg-abbrev is installed, the pkginfo command returns a line of information about it. Otherwise, pkginfo returns the system prompt.