How to uninstall the Novell Client for Linux

Posted: 15 Jul 2005

Applies To:

  • Novell Linux Desktop 9
  • SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3


There are three supported ways for uninstalling the Novell Client for Linux. These three methods are via Terminal, Yast2, or Red Carpet. We will go over each one individually so that you can determine which one fits your needs.

Uninstalling via the Terminal

  1. Open a terminal.

  2. Go to the source of your media. This could be a directory or CD depending on whether you extracted it to a directory or burned to to a CD. Either way, you should see a file called ncl_install. You will need to su to root in order to run the uninstall. Start the uninstall by typing ./ncl_install uninstall and then press enter.

  3. When the uninstall has completed, you should see a message saying that the "Uninstallation of the Novell Client for Linux completed successfully."

Uninstalling via Yast2

  1. Launch Yast2

  2. If you didn't install using Yast2, or if you are uninstalling with a newer version of the client than you used during the installation, then you will need to add the media as a source. This will allow the Novell Client for Linux to show up as a selection under the Add and Remove Software module. To add a software source, go to Software and click on Change Source of Installation. Click on the 'Add' drop down menu and choose the location of your client source. In this example I will choose the "local directory" option and browse to the location of my NCL_disk directory. If you are using a CD then just choose CD. Either way you should now see the Novell Client for Linux as a source. Click Finish. If you already had a Novell Client for Linux source listed, but you are using a newer version, then you will need to remove the old source and add the new one in order for it to be recognized properly.

  3. You should still have the Yast2 window open. Now go to Software and choose Install and Remove Software.

  4. Under the filter section choose the "Selections" option from the drop down menu. In the bottom left hand pane you should see a Selection called Novell Client for Linux. On the check box next to the "Novell Client for Linux" selection, either click twice to change the check box to a trash can, or right click on the check box and choose the 'Delete' option. You will see it will place a trash can in front of all of the necessary packages on in the right hand pane. If it doesn't, then you probably have a partial install of the client and you might need to right click on each individually installed package (in the right hand pane) and choose the 'Delete' option. Click Accept to uninstall the client.

Uninstalling via Red Carpet

  1. Launch Red Carpet

  2. If you are subscribed to a Red Carpet service that has the client available then you can just click on channels and select that channel. If you downloaded the client and want to create a channel on your local machine then you can choose File | Mount Directory. In the dialog box put in the name of the desired channel. In this example we will just call it NCL, but it can be whatever you want to call it. Now click on the browse button and browse out to either the CD media or the local directory where you extracted the client. Be sure that you check the "Look for packages recursively" option. Then click OK. You don't need to subscribe to the channel because anytime you mount a channel manually, you are automatically subscribed.

  3. Now go to the Search tab. In the Channel section choose the NCL (or what ever you decided to name it) channel. You should now see a list of all the of installed packages for the client.

  4. Either choose Edit | Select All, or press CNTL A to select all of the files in that channel and then choose Mark for Removal. Now click the Run Now button in the upper left hand corner.

  5. After the dependency resolution occurs, press Continue.

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