Problem Removing kde after installation ;-(

So, I installed gnome version on my computer with I originally installed Manjaro. I was happy getting use to the shell. Today I got a silly thought and said, Let’s give kde a try, because why not. I got time, you know. I began to follow the wiki section to get the kde install, from here: Install Desktop Environments - Manjaro. Sadly kde is not ready for me at the moment so, I decided to uninstall the environment. When I try to do things like this:

sudo pacman -R plasma kio-extras                                                                                                                                                                                
Place your finger on the fingerprint reader
error: target not found: plasma

Is there a way for you guys to help me get gnome back as the only DE in my computer? kde, sadly don’t want to go. I need it out. Thank you for your kind services.


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sudo pacman -R plasma-desktop kio-extras

yep - you gotta use the proper/actual names of the packages that you want to remove :wink:

To see/know what exactly got installed and what you therefore want to remove
can be tracked/seen by inspecting the pacman.log

tac /var/log/pacman.log | less
(this lists the pacman install log in reverse order, most recent entries first - use arrow keys to scroll …)

It’s not automated - not recursive
but it is safe
and with copy/paste only takes a few minutes …
just deinstall each one that was installed since when you installed KDE
you can put all in one line
sudo pacman -R …the list of packages that got installed, separated by a space …

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Hey @maycne.sonahoz Thank you for the quick post. Here is the result of the CLI:

sudo pacman -R plasma-desktop kio-extras                         ✔ 
Place your finger on the fingerprint reader
error: target not found: plasma-desktop

so, I decided to install plasma-desktop. after I typed the same command to remove it, since the first command did have an error I applied it. This is the result after word:

sudo pacman -R plasma-desktop plasma5-themes-breath-migration plasma-framework plasma-workspace kio-extras 
checking dependencies...
error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: removing kio-extras breaks dependency 'kio-extras' required by dolphin
:: removing plasma-framework breaks dependency 'plasma-framework' required by knights
:: removing plasma-framework breaks dependency 'plasma-framework' required by krunner
:: removing plasma-framework breaks dependency 'plasma-framework' required by kwin
:: removing plasma-workspace breaks dependency 'plasma-workspace' required by systemsettings

Then I decided just to type the command you gave me without the others packages to uninstalled and this was the result:

sudo pacman -R plasma-desktop  kio-extras                   
checking dependencies...
error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: removing kio-extras breaks dependency 'kio-extras' required by dolphin
:: removing kio-extras breaks dependency 'kio-extras' required by plasma-workspace

I checked the manual, and it says it should indeed accept groups as removal target.
Maybe it can’t handle removing a group and a package at the same time…?

sudo pacman -R plasma
sudo pacman -R kio-extras

What you said worked but not all the way. :frowning_face: I obviously had to do it the way you said because it made sense and it did work the way you said it. So I thank you for that. But then I had to go and uninstall all the kde programs and their dependency the following way:

sudo pacman -R telepathy-kde-common-internals purpose libakonadi kaccounts-providers akonadi akonadi-contacts akonadi-mime gwenview kalarmcal kamoso kdenlive kdepim-runtime kio-gdrive okular pimcommon spectacle telepathy-kde-accounts-kcm telepathy-kde-auth-handler telepathy-kde-call-ui telepathy-kde-contact-list telepathy-kde-filetransfer-handler telepathy-kde-integration-module telepathy-kde-send-file telepathy-kde-text-ui akonadi-calendar akonadi-search calendarsupport kaddressbook kalarm kgpg kmail kmail-account-wizard kmailtransport knotes korganizer libgravatar libksieve mailimporter telepathy-kde-common-internals telepathy-kde-contact-runner akonadi-calendar-tools akonadiconsole eventviews kdepim-addons kontact mailcommon messagelib pim-data-exporter pim-sieve-editor zanshin akonadi-import-wizard akregator grantlee-editor incidenceeditor mbox-importer


sudo pacmain -R kaccounts-integration

Finally I had to do the following:

sudo pacman -R kde-applications signon-kwallet-extension kaccounts-integration Then it finally work. everything from kde is gone from the system Thanks dude. :smiley:

Thanks dude, I had to see and learned the hard way. :smiley: Thanks again.

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