Sometimes during a software install, things go sideways and you realize that not all of the program downloaded or the install was interrupted for some reason leaving you with incomplete files and empty directories. Honestly, this is a rare occurrence but it can happen from time to time. This then begs the question; So how do I completely uninstall recently installed software? In this tutorial, we’ll be safely removing PostgreSQL from our Liquid Web Ubuntu 16.04 server.
Step 1: List the PostgreSQL Packages
Use the dpkg tool to list packages pertaining to the PostgreSQL setup.
dpkg -l | grep postgres
Step 2: Delete the PostgreSQL Packages
In Step 1, all of the software packages related to the PostgreSQL install are shown. To remove and delete them all with one command, Start with the
apt-get --purge remove command
followed by each package name indicated separated with a space. For my particular version of PostgreSQL, the software installed was:
so, my purge remove command will look like this:
sudo apt-get --purge remove pgdg-keyring postgresql-10 postgresql-client-10 postgresql-client-common postgresql-common
Step 3: Verifying the Deletion of PostgreSQL
Once you remove these packages you should no longer be able to enter into the PostgreSQL environment. You can verify that by running the grep command again and searching for postgres:
root@newclient:~# dpkg -l | grep postgres
As you can see, there is no output from that command which means, PostgreSQL has been successfully uninstalled!
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Video by: Justin Palmer