There is no uninstall

Seems there’s no way to uninstall a Python application that you’ve installed with python install, short of manually scraping out the files it creates. I spent a short while this morning looking for some sort of python uninstall, but apparently it doesn’t exist.

Until the Python gurus can cue me in, I used this roundabout way to gut a misbehaving Python program from my system. After installing it and finding that it didn’t do what I wanted, I “reinstalled” it again with the same command, plus one flag.

python install --record files.txt

I got a nice clean list of files and their paths, which I could then conveniently “uninstall” with this:

cat files.txt | xargs rm -rf

It seemed to do the trick.

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11 Responses to “There is no uninstall”

  1. 1 matero 2009/01/08 at 6:36 PM

    isn’t easier install it with checkintall?

    • 2 K.Mandla 2009/01/09 at 8:08 AM

      checkinstall would have worked fine … except I wasn’t using Ubuntu. I was playtesting an application in Crux that had no port, although I was considering making one. Unfortunately application didn’t quite work the way I expected, so there was little point in going any further with it. And then I wanted to uninstall it. …

  2. 3 Durand 2009/05/13 at 12:04 AM

    Thanks, worked perfectly!

  3. 4 hnhn 2009/05/28 at 8:35 PM

    Better check the resulting files.txt before running the removes.
    /usr/share/applications got listed in mine, so I removed a number of other files :(

  4. 6 Jóan Petur 2010/10/28 at 10:31 PM

    I would be a little weary of the ‘rm -rf’ command used here :)

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