I know pacman alleviates "rpm hell," but has anyone tried to remove the gnome group? I know I could just delete the directory in /opt, but I'd like to get it out of my pacman db if possible. If anyone knows how to do this, then please, share the info. Thanks.
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try pacman -Sc as root
(read man pacman for more information)
pacman -Sc (for old versions) and pacman -Scc (for all versions) is not for uninstalling packages, it is for removing the *pkg.tar.gz-files your apps come from. This is an operation done to save space, the programs will still be installed after you are done.
pacman -Rg gnome is what you should do if you wish to uninstall the gnome group.
pacman -Rscg gnome will uninstall(R) the gnome group (g), with all dependencies (without breaking other pkgs) (s) and all packages that require the uninstalled pkgs (c).
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