differrence between 'yum remove' and 'yum erase'

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Thu Jul 1 16:49:35 UTC 2010

Alexander Volovics wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 06:24:57PM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>> On 06/23/2010 06:22 PM, Alexander Volovics wrote:
>>> 'info yum' does not supply any more details with respect to
>>> remove/erase then 'man yum'.
>> Erase is just a alias to remove.  Zero differences.
> Again thanks Rahul.
> Maybe the developers should remove this 'redundancy'.
> Including both does suggest there might be a differrence.
Removing something which costs nothing to keep and which may break scripts and 
user habit is making enemies to no gain. And wasting time and bandwidth 
discussing why a lot of work and training effort was generated with no visible gain.

As for them being the same, I worked with a client tool which used erase, 
delete, and remove to get rid of objects, each with different implied options 
and side effects. Even people who has used the tool for years had to look up the 
nuances. There was a mnemonic to help remember, but it was amazingly obscene and 
not something you could give people as a usage aid, and the socially correct one 
was hard to remember.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
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