Why are these dmraid related files on my HDD? [Solved]

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Why are these dmraid related files on my HDD? [Solved]

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LM 18.3 Cinnamon x64

When I first installed Linux (over an ex-Win install) I didn't disable BIOS RAID and, of course, dmraid was installed as part of the OS.

Realising this, I disabled RAID in the BIOS and switched to mdadm instead. I thought I'd done this by simply doing a fresh install over the existing one - using identical setiings - after changing the BIOS, however there are a few a dmraid related files/dirs on the "new" install.

For example, the folders $home/dmraid.pdc and $home/dmraid.sil and contents.

I thought dmraid was effectively obsoleted... so why are these files here? Or are they simply artifacts of the first install that somehow survived through to the second?
Last edited by lazarus on Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:09 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Why are these dmraid related files on my HDD?

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The software getting installed is always the same no matter your hardware (ignoring proprietary drivers here). If you're not using it you can remove it - apt purge dmraid.
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Re: Why are these dmraid related files on my HDD?

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Already done. Still just to be sure...

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lazarus@Beelzebub ~ $ sudo apt purge dmraid
[sudo] password for lazarus: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package 'dmraid' is not installed, so not removed
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 3 not to upgrade.
These dirs/files still exist. So, I assume they're leftover artifacts that're safe to delete?
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Re: Why are these dmraid related files on my HDD?

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yep. everything in your home folder is basically safe to delete since it contains only your user-specific settings and files.
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Re: Why are these dmraid related files on my HDD?

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Excellent. Thank you. :)
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Re: Why are these dmraid related files on my HDD? [Solved]

Post by Hoser Rob »

Even if you completely remove a software package the hidden config files in /home are still there. IMO that's a feature, not a bug. If I decide to reinstall the program later I don't have to reconfig it.
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