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uninstalling applications in linux

 
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Hi

iam working on a linux os these days ....iam new to linix ...iam used to using windows.

i want to install some applications like real player win amp stuff like that on linux but i want to know how to uninstall the application before installing it .....

my knowledge:

i can run any .bin file (which i guess is equivalent to .exe in windows) by typing
$./<filename.bin>

correct me if iam wrong

please help on how to install/uninstall applications

thank you
san
 
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If it just a .exe it is possibly just writing it's stuff in to a directory (check under /opt for things like realplayer). You can just delete that directory to get rid of the application.

There also may be a symbolic link in /usr/bin to the startup scripts for the application - you can delete these also.

If this is an RPM package you can use the RPM command to delete the package from the command line.

Not sure about other types of package.

Most apps will also store user specific info in your home directory - usually as a hidden directory / file (starts with a dot) - you can find and delete these too.
 
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Hi nick

thanks for the quick reply .....i have small doubt. is opt the default folder for any application or .....i suppose we can install the application where ever we want right .....and as u said i can delete directly from that directory and the other directories you mentioned

is that right ???
what is the equivalent of exe in linux
 
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Originally posted by san ch:
Hi nick
thanks for the quick reply .....i have small doubt. is opt the default folder for any application or .....i suppose we can install the application where ever we want right .....and as u said i can delete directly from that directory and the other directories you mentioned
is that right ???
what is the equivalent of exe in linux



There's nothing stopping you from installing in any directory you want.

There is no equivalent to '.exe'. File extensions mean nothing to Unix. A file is executable if it has executable permissions. Unix uses a concept called 'magic numbers' to determine a file's type.
People will sometimes use file extensions for readability. Often '.bin' is used where '.exe' would have been used in Windows.
[ February 11, 2005: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]
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