REMOVEF(8) Maintenance Commands and Procedures REMOVEF(8)

removef - remove a file from software database

removef [ [-M] -R root_path] [-V fs_file] pkginst path...

removef [ [-M] -R root_path] [-V fs_file] -f pkginst

removef informs the system that the user, or software, intends to remove a pathname. Output from removef is the list of input pathnames that may be safely removed (no other packages have a dependency on them).

The following options are supported:


After all files have been processed, removef should be invoked with the -f option to indicate that the removal phase is complete.


Instruct removef 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.

-R root_path

Define 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. The root_path may be specified when installing to a client from a server (for example, /export/root/client1).

removef inherits the value of the PKG_INSTALL_ROOT environment variable. (See ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES, below.) If PKG_INSTALL_ROOT is set, such as when the -R option is used with pkgadd(8) or pkgrm(8), there is no need to use the removef -R option.

Note -

The root file system of any non-global zones must not be referenced with the -R option. Doing so might damage the global zone's file system, might compromise the security of the global zone, and might damage the non-global zone's file system. See zones(7).

-V fs_file

Specify an alternative fs_file to map the client's file systems. For example, used in situations where the $root_path/etc/vfstab file is non-existent or unreliable.

The following operands are supported:


The pathname to be removed.


The package instance from which the pathname is being removed.

Example 1 Using removef

The following example uses the removef command in an optional pre-install script:

echo "The following files are no longer part of this package

and are being removed." removef $PKGINST /myapp/file1 /myapp/file2 | while read pathname do
echo "$pathname"
rm -f $pathname done removef -f $PKGINST || exit 2

removef inherits the value of the following environment variable. This variable is set when pkgadd(8) or pkgrm(8) is invoked with the -R option.


If present, defines the full path name of a directory to use as the system's PKG_INSTALL_ROOT path. All product and package information files are then looked for in the directory tree, starting with the specified PKG_INSTALL_ROOT path. If not present, the default system path of / is used.


Successful completion.


An error occurred.

pkginfo(1), pkgmk(1), pkgparam(1), pkgproto(1), pkgtrans(1), attributes(7), largefile(7), installf(8), pkgadd(8), pkgask(8), pkgchk(8), pkgrm(8)

Package commands are largefile(7)-aware. They handle files larger than 2 GB in the same way they handle smaller files. In their current implementations, pkgadd(8), pkgtrans(1) and other package commands can process a datastream of up to 4 GB.

October 30, 2007 OmniOS