Remove all XFCE packages on Arch Linux

A few weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, I installed xfce4 and xfce4-goodies. I was having problems with GNOME 3.8 on my hipster Samsung Series 9 laptop, and decided maybe XFCE (4.10.1 as of this writing) was the answer. Nope. GTFO.

I went back to GNOME and forgot the affair ever happened… until now, when I just plugged in a flash disk and GNOME offered to open it in Thunar. Thunar?! My gut reaction was to uninstall Thunar, but then I realized that I still had boatloads of XFCE stuff still installed… a sudden sense of spring cleaning rushed over me.

Spring cleaning

In one fell swoop I cleansed my system of all XFCE packages…

sudo su -
pacman -Sg xfce4 xfce4-goodies | awk '{print $2}' | xargs pacman -R --noconfirm libxfce4ui libxfcegui4

Note: There’s nothing actually wrong with Thunar, I just hate mixing and matching core apps from different desktop environments; for some reason it really weirds me out.

2 thoughts on “Remove all XFCE packages on Arch Linux

    1. Well it was more an exercise in “how to remove all packages from a package group” than a specific vendetta against XFCE! 😛

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