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Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2019
 
 

removef(8)

Name

removef - remove a file from software database

Synopsis

removef [ [-M] -R root_path] [-V fs_file] pkginst path...
removef [ [-M] -R root_path] [-V fs_file] -f pkginst

Description

removef informs the system that the user, or software, intends to remove a pathname. Output from removef is the list of input pathnames that may be safely removed (no other packages have a dependency on them).

Options

The following options are supported:

–f

After all files have been processed, removef should be invoked with the –f option to indicate that the removal phase is complete.

–M

Instruct removef not to use the $root_path/etc/vfstab file for determining the client's mount points. This option assumes the mount points are correct on the server and it behaves consistently with Solaris 2.5 and earlier releases.

–R root_path

Define the full path name of a directory to use as the root_path. All files, including package system information files, are relocated to a directory tree starting in the specified root_path. The root_path may be specified when installing to a client from a server (for example, /export/root/client1).

removef inherits the value of the PKG_INSTALL_ROOT environment variable. (See ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES, below.) If PKG_INSTALL_ROOT is set, such as when the –R option is used with pkgadd(8) or pkgrm(8)


Note - The root file system of any non-global zones must not be referenced with the –R option. Doing so might damage the global zone's file system, might compromise the security of the global zone, and might damage the non-global zone's file system. See zones(7).
–V fs_file

Specify an alternative fs_file to map the client's file systems. For example, used in situations where the $root_path/etc/vfstab file is non-existent or unreliable.

Operands

The following operands are supported:

path

The pathname to be removed.

pkginst

The package instance from which the pathname is being removed.

Examples

Example 1 Using removef

The following example uses the removef command in an optional pre-install script:


echo "The following files are no longer part of this package
      and are being removed."
removef $PKGINST /myapp/file1 /myapp/file2 |
while read pathname
do
     echo "$pathname"
     rm –f $pathname
done
removef –f $PKGINST || exit 2

Environment Variables

removef inherits the value of the following environment variable. This variable is set when pkgadd(8) or pkgrm(8)

PKG_INSTALL_ROOT

If present, defines the full path name of a directory to use as the system's PKG_INSTALL_ROOT path. All product and package information files are then looked for in the directory tree, starting with the specified PKG_INSTALL_ROOT path. If not present, the default system path of / is used.

Exit Status

0

Successful completion.

>0

An error occurred.

Attributes

See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
Availability
package/svr4

See Also

pkginfo(1), pkgmk(1), pkgparam(1), pkgproto(1), pkgtrans(1), attributes(7), installf(8), pkgadd(8), pkgask(8), pkgchk(8), pkgrm(8)

Notes

In their current implementations, pkgadd(8), pkgtrans(1) and other package commands can process a datastream of up to 4 GB.