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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:33 pm    Post subject: Cannot remove xfce4, can I use two GUI's and switch between? Reply with quote

From every tutorial I have read I cannot remove xfce4, everything says it doesn't exist on my system. I wanted to remove it and install fluxbox and decide between them which one I want to use.

Can I install both and switch between them? Or can someone assist me with how to unmerge xfce?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi how did you install xfce4? if you uninstall xfce4-meta and then you "emerge --depclean -a" it should remove all xfce4 packages but read carefoully what packages are you removing.
But you can have them both and switch between them as you want. Do you use some login manager or you are using startx?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See when I emerge --unmerge xfce4-meta it says it does it, but it happens so fast I cant see what went on the screen,

Then when I emerge --depclean -a xfce4-meta it says "couldn't find package xfce4-meta to depclean"

Then I type 'startx' and go right back into xfce4
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xfce4-meta is nothing more than a collection of other ebuilds to pull in. There wouldn't actually be anything removed from the system by
Code:
emege --unmerge xfc34-meta

Which is why it went by so fast.

the next command is
Code:

emerge --deplean -a


Don't add xfce4-meta to the command line, you've already removed that empty package and want the dependencies. In other words copy and paste the above and don't over-think the advice you've already been given.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand, even trying that command (after spelling corrected) it still woudln't work.

But I did some research on xfce customization and was able to get it just how I wanted without using fluxbox, and I am completely satisfied

thanks for the very quick and helpful replies!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this command doesn't want to remove any packages it means that you haven't any orphaned packages and it's suspected behaviour.
Just for curiosity can you post output of this command. :)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's an easy way to get rid of all things xfce-related:
Code:
sed -i -e '/xfce/d' /var/lib/portage/world && emerge --depclean -a
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant P. wrote:
There's an easy way to get rid of all things xfce-related:
Code:
sed -i -e '/xfce/d' /var/lib/portage/world && emerge --depclean -a

nice!!
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