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     pkgrm - remove a package from the system

     pkgrm [-nv] [-a admin] [ [-A | -M] -R root_path]
          [-V fs_file]
          [pkginst... | -Y category[,category...]]

     pkgrm -s spool
          [pkginst... | -Y category[,category...]]

     pkgrm  will  remove  a  previously  installed  or  partially
     installed package from the system. A check is made to deter-
     mine if any other packages depend on the one being  removed.
     If  a  dependency exists, the action taken is defined in the
     admin file.

     The default state for the command is  in  interactive  mode,
     meaning  that prompt messages are given during processing to
     allow the administrator to confirm the actions being  taken.
     Non-interactive mode can be requested with the -n option.

     The -s option can be used  to  specify  the  directory  from
     which spooled packages should be removed.

     Certain unbundled and third-party  packages  are  no  longer
     entirely  compatible with the latest version of pkgrm. These
     packages require user interaction throughout the removal and
     not just at the very beginning.

     To remove these older packages (released  prior  to  Solaris
     2.4),        set       the       following       environment
     variable:NONABI_SCRIPTS=TRUE pkgrm permits keyboard interac-
     tion  throughout  the  removal  as  long as this environment
     variable is set.

     The following options are supported:

     -a admin

         Use the  installation  administration  file,  admin,  in
         place  of  the  default admin file. pkgrm first looks in
         the current working  directory  for  the  administration
         file. If the specified administration file is not in the
         current  working   directory,   pkgrm   looks   in   the
         /var/sadm/install/admin directory for the administration


         Remove the package files from the client's file  system,
         absolutely. If a file is shared with other packages, the
         default behavior is to not  remove  the  file  from  the
         client's file system.


         Instruct pkgrm 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


         Non-interactive mode. If there is a  need  for  interac-
         tion, the command will exit.

         Use of this option requires that at  least  one  package
         instance  be  named upon invocation of the command. Cer-
         tain conditions must exist for a package to  be  removed
         non-interactively  or a non-restrictive admin file needs
         to be used.

     -R root_path

         Defines the full path name of a directory to use as  the
         root_path.  All files, including package system informa-
         tion files, are relocated to a directory  tree  starting
         in the specified root_path.

         Note -

           The root file system of any non-global zones must  not
           be  referenced with the -R option. Doing so might dam-
           age 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(5).

     -s spool

         Remove  the  specified  package(s)  from  the  directory
         spool.  The  default  directory  for spooled packages is


         Trace all of the scripts that  get  executed  by  pkgrm,
         located in the pkginst/install directory. This option is
         used for debugging  the  procedural  and  non-procedural

     -V fs_file

         Specify an alternative fs_file to map the client's  file
         systems.     Used     in     situations     where    the
         $root_path/etc/vfstab file is  non-existent  or  unreli-

     -Y category

         Remove packages based  on  the  value  of  the  CATEGORY
         parameter  stored  in the installed or spooled package's
         pkginfo(4) file. No package with the CATEGORY  value  of
         system  can  removed  from  the  file  system  with this

     The following operand is supported:


         Specifies  the  package  to  be  removed.   The   format
         pkginst.* can be used to remove all instances of a pack-

         The asterisk character (*) is  a  special  character  to
         some  shells and may need to be escaped. In the C-Shell,
         "*" must be surrounded by single quotes (') or  preceded
         by a backslash (\).

     Example 1 Removing All Instances of SUNWjunk from client1

     The following example removes all instances of SUNWjunk from

       example% pkgrm -R /export/root/client1 SUNWjunk*

     Note the caveat on the use of the -R option in the  descrip-
     tion of that option, above.

     The following exit values are returned:


         Successful completion.


         Fatal error.








         Reboot after removal of all packages.


         Reboot after removal of this package.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |

     pkginfo(1), pkgmk(1), pkgparam(1), pkgproto(1), pkgtrans(1),
     installf(1M),     pkgadd(1M),     pkgask(1M),    pkgchk(1M),
     removef(1M),  admin(4),  pkginfo(4),  attributes(5),  large-

     Package commands are largefile(5)-aware. They  handle  files
     larger  than 2 GB in the same way they handle smaller files.
     In their current  implementations,  pkgadd(1M),  pkgtrans(1)
     and  other  package commands can process a datastream of  up
     to 4 GB.

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