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#1 2021-06-07 20:47:28

damonh
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From: Uruguay
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How to remove packages using wildcard

Hello!

I was trying to remove GIMP and all its plugins using a wildcard like this:

sudo pacman -Rns gimp*

but it fails with the error:

zsh: no matches found: gimp*

I also tried

sudo pacman -Rns "gimp*"
error: target not found: gimp*
sudo pacman -Rns 'gimp*'
error: target not found: gimp*
sudo pacman -Rns gimp
checking dependencies...
error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: removing gimp breaks dependency 'gimp' required by gimp-plugin-fblur
:: removing gimp breaks dependency 'gimp>=2.8' required by gimp-plugin-resynthesizer
:: removing gimp breaks dependency 'gimp>=2.3' required by gimp-plugin-saveforweb
:: removing gimp breaks dependency 'gimp' required by gimp-refocus
:: removing gimp breaks dependency 'gimp' required by xsane-gimp

How can I issue a command to remove all gimp[whatever] packages?

Thank you in advance.

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#2 2021-06-07 21:04:38

ewaller
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Re: How to remove packages using wildcard

Look at the output of pacman -Qsq gimp and see if it lists a rational set of packages.  If it looks correct, then...

sudo pacman -Rs $(pacman -Qsq gimp)


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#3 2021-06-07 21:25:31

tucuxi
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Re: How to remove packages using wildcard

ewaller wrote:

If it looks correct, then...

That part is important as -Qs also matches text in the package description.

Perhaps to be on the safe side:

sudo pacman -Rsn $(pacman -Qsq gimp | grep gimp)

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#4 2021-06-07 21:34:19

ewaller
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Re: How to remove packages using wildcard

Does -Qsq match the description?   I am not in fromt of my machine so I cannot check it right now.  If so, great catch!


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#5 2021-06-07 21:37:12

jasonwryan
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Re: How to remove packages using wildcard

man pacman wrote:

-s, --recursive
           Remove each target specified including all of their dependencies, provided that (A) they are not required by other packages; and
           (B) they were not explicitly installed by the user. This operation is recursive and analogous to a backwards --sync operation,
           and it helps keep a clean system without orphans. If you want to omit condition (B), pass this option twice.


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#6 2021-06-08 11:06:04

Lone_Wolf
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Re: How to remove packages using wildcard

Or you could use a command like

pactree --reverse gimp # pactree comes with pacman-contrib

to figure out which packages to start the removal with and let pacman handle removing dependencies .


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