[SOLVED] Can this chromium folder be safely deleted?

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[SOLVED] Can this chromium folder be safely deleted?

Post by Schultz » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:09 am

I just discovered that there is a folder named "chromium-browser" in /etc. I don't use Chromium, so is it safe to delete this folder? There is also one in the home folder, and I know that one can be safely deleted.
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Re: Can this chromium folder be safely deleted?

Post by karlchen » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:22 am

Hi, Schultz.

You can easily find out the answer to your own question this way:

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sudo mv  /etc/chromimum-browser /etc/chromium-browser.bak
In case you have not experienced any problems after, let us say, 2 weeks, chances are that it is safe to remove the (renamed) folder including content, because you do not use chromium.
Unanswered is the question: what the heck is to be gained by removing this small folder?

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Re: Can this chromium folder be safely deleted?

Post by Schultz » Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:47 pm

Not much is to be gained. I just have a phobia with anything named Chrome/Chromium. :)

About the command you gave, it looks like you want me to rename the folder, but doesn't mv stand for move?

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Re: Can this chromium folder be safely deleted?

Post by karlchen » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:18 pm

Hi, Schultz.
The Linux command mv is used for both, moving to a new location and renaming. Renaming is merely a special case of moving. ;-)
Karl

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$ mv --help
Usage: mv [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
  or:  mv [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
  or:  mv [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...
Rename SOURCE to DEST, or move SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.
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Re: Can this chromium folder be safely deleted?

Post by Schultz » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:47 am

It's been 6 days I've renamed that folder, and noticed no ill effects. I'll delete the folder and mark this thread as solved.

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Re: [SOLVED] Can this chromium folder be safely deleted?

Post by lmuserx4849 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:45 pm

It might be a losing battle, because if the package that installed that file is updated, it may install the file again. You might be better off removing the entire package than just 1 file, but that is easier said than done sometimes.

In the future, when you see a file that you want to know more about, ask the question, "what package installed that file", and from the command line do a dpkg -S pattern, where the pattern is part of the file name --- dpkg -S /etc/chromium-browser.

I did the above command and found that this directory was installed by adobe-flashplugin. Clicking on Installed Files in Synaptic Package Manager confirmed this, as well as,
doing the command, dpkg -L adobe-flashplugin | less.

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