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I have identified the rpm to uninstall which is the following:


I run the following rpm command to uninstall it:

rpm -e mysql-5.0.77-4.el5_6.6

Then I receive a dependency error, basically saying that it cant remove this rpm because it has a dependancy on the rpm exim-4.63-10.el5.x86_64. see error below: is needed by (installed) exim-4.63-10.el5.x86_64 is needed by (installed) exim-4.63-10.el5.x86_64

I then looked up what exim-4.63-10.el5.x86_64 actually is and determined that its a email application similar to sendmail. So I attempted to uninstall it and received some other dependency errors.

Is there a way to have the rpm command ignore the dependency or am i approaching this the wrong way. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.


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Any reason not to use Yum?

yum erase mysql will resolve the dependencies and show you every thing it would need to remove.

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Well that did work quite cleanly! – Doug Aug 29 '12 at 19:52

You can tell RPM to ignore dependencies and just rip stuff out with the --nodeps flag. I've had to do it in some cases, but make sure you reeeally understand what's depending on those packages.

Another neat trick is to run rpm -qa|grep <thing you want to uninstall>|xargs rpm -e, that will remove all of the packages with "thing you want to uninstall" in the name. I;ve found a lot of times this helps alleviate dependencies if they're all related to the same install.

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Nice command! I appreciate it.. It looks like its all pointing back to sendmail.. this is strictly going to be a db server but just wanted to start with a fresh install. – Doug Aug 29 '12 at 19:41
No prob, just an fyi, if you still need it, --nodeps, or sometimes also, the --allmatches flag, they go at the end of that last command after -e - jus tin case people who find this don't already know. – Univ426 Aug 29 '12 at 19:43

Try with:

yum remove mysql mysql-server
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If you really wanted to remove an rpm without checking dependencies you can always use the --nodeps flag like so:

rpm -e mysql-5.0.77-4.el5_6.6 --nodeps

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