pkg command to remove multiple packages

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sat Jan 25 18:45:14 UTC 2014

On 25/01/2014 15:51, James Griffin wrote:
> On Saturday 25 January 2014 10:31:48 Matthew Seaman wrote:
>> On 25/01/2014 10:15, James Griffin wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> With this new pkgng thing, if I use 'pkg delete -R -x xfce' will it
>>> remove all the stuff related to the xfce4 installation. I had to use
>>> ports to build xfce4 because there wasn't a meta-pkg to install (at
>>> least not that I could find), but i'm using kde4 now instead. Could 
> do
>>> with the disk space.
>>> I guess that command won't find a few bits like thunar and some 
> libs.
>> 'pkg deinstall -R pkgname' deletes pkgname and everything that 
> requires
>> pkgname, which is 90% of what you need.
>> The remaining 10% can be cleaned up by:
>>   pkg autoremove
>> This deletes packages that were installed solely to fulfill the
>> dependencies of pkgname -- if you're building your packages locally 
> with
>> portmaster / portupgrade or similar, it should try and remove any 
> build
>> dependencies[*] too, which may or may not be what you want.  Also, 
> it
>> won't remove a package if something else has subsequently been 
> installed
>> that also requires it.
>> 	Cheers,
>> 	Matthew
>> [*] pkg(8) only ever considers run-time dependencies.
> Are you sure 'pkg deinstall ...' is right? I don't see deinstall as an 
> available argument to use. Am I missing something here?

Err -- no.  It's 'pkg delete'  --- "pkg deinstall" is just something my
fingers want to produce in defiance of my brain.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.

JID: matthew at

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