[Fedora-packaging] does removing a package also remove package data?

Manuel Wolfshant wolfy at nobugconsulting.ro
Thu Nov 19 04:55:31 UTC 2009

On 11/18/2009 07:58 PM, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> Should just note here that dpkg is quite nuanced in how it removes
> packages compared to rpm:
> There are two states: normal removal of a package doesn't remove any
> configuration files.  That's so you can reinstall a package and not
> have to reconfigure it.  So called "purge" removes the configuration
> files too.
> I would think the same thing applies to removing generated data --
> that there should be 3 states: remove just the package, 
great, let's just ignore %config(noreplace) / %config

> remove the
> package and generated data, 
    I would be more than unpleasantly surprised if rpm -e mysql-server 
would remove the databases as well (you know, I might just want to move 
them to another server and I've started by removing the software first) 
or rpm -e rrdtool would remove all the collected / processed data. And 
so on, you get the drill.
    That is, unless you teach rpm about "--purge" or something similar, 
which should be neither default nor discussed on this list but in rpm's 
> or remove the package and generated data and configuration files.

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