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
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:
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 administra-
-A Remove the package files from the client's file sys-
tem, absolutely. If a file is shared with other pack-
ages, the default behavior is to not remove the file
from the client's file system.
-M 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 releases.
-n 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.
Defines 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.
Remove the specified package(s) from the directory
spool. The default directory for spooled packages is
-v 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-
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-
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
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*
The following exit values are returned:
0 Successful completion.
1 Fatal error.
10 Reboot after removal of all packages.
20 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)
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