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tuomope Tuesday 25 September 2012 at 13:11
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Quentin PÂRIS Tuesday 25 September 2012 at 13:43
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Just remove .playonlinux folder in your home directory
petch Tuesday 25 September 2012 at 16:47
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Yes and no, prefixes contain symlinks, so you may have files (documents, saved games,...) just about everywhere in your $HOME directory. Mine is littered with created by games. (see issue http://www.playonlinux.com/en/issue-860.html)

Removing ~/.PlayOnLinux should be enough for reinstalling programs from scratch, however, just don't be surprized if you still have some game saves.
booman Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 14:11
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Most save games and profile data goes in your /home directories
But what about /usr/share/playonlinux?
How do we remove those directories?

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Ronin DUSETTE Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 16:15
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well, you would have to use sudo rm -rf to delete them, but I could imagine that uninstalling POL from your package manager or apt-get will delete the items in /usr/share/playonlinux/

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booman Thursday 28 March 2013 at 0:37
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Yes it does, except the python folder for some reason.
I had to manually delete it.

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 0:40
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Hm. Thats interesting. I wonder if it does this for a reason or if its just a bug.

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booman Thursday 28 March 2013 at 0:41
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could be permissions too.
Normally you have to sudo to remove files from /usr/share

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 0:46
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You have to be sudo to remove things via your package manager and apt-get, as well, so it should have done it if remove via a package-manager, unless its left there for a reason.

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booman Thursday 28 March 2013 at 0:54
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True... that was the only folder it didn't remove.
I also noticed when removing PlayOnLinux all the .playonlinux directories still exist.
wine
prefixes
resources
etc.

Is this normal?

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 0:55
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Yes. It is normal. I believe its in case you need to remove and reinstall POL later down the road, you wouldnt have to reinstall all of your games and applications and all of that.

Also, as a habit, most programs, when uninstalled, rarely, if ever, touch anything in the home folder of the user. most of those hidden folders contain small config files that the system will keep behind. Though, i have seen a bunch of programs remove hidden folders in the home folder, but POL wouldnt be exempt from that rule, per se, simply because there could be valuable data in one of those virtual drives from a program (which is actually why wine just makes symlinks to your real home folders, instead of making a whole new My Documents). 

This is my thinking behind it, though, I may be incorrect as to the reason it was put there, but that is what I read. 

PS: Things like this are the reason that you dont keep data in other folders besides the home folder, by convention. other folders can come and go with installs/uninstalls of software. ~/ should always be safe to store your data in, no matter what you install or uninstall on the system. 

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booman Thursday 28 March 2013 at 0:59
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Sweet, I was backing up all of my .playonlinux directories just in case they got erased.

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 1:02
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Sweet, I was backing up all of my .playonlinux directories just in case they got erased.

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booman Thursday 28 March 2013 at 1:03
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Agreed, I actually backup all of my resources and wine versions so I don't have to download them again.

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booman Thursday 28 March 2013 at 17:12
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Hey, why did tuomope remove the initial post?

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 17:20
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I dont know. Some people delete their posts after they get an answer, or they dont like the answer they are given.

Unfortunately, I see this ALL of the time on car forums and really anything else technical.

This sucks, because without the original post, the meaning behind the answers given is lost to those who tend to search before posting/asking.

In this case, considering that you revived a post that had been dead for almost half a year, he/she was probably getting a bunch of email responses from our conversation in this thread, so they probably got annoyed and deleted their post.

This is ok. Thats why we give users the option to do that.

Next time, just check the date of the last post in a thread before posting. This will keep more current information and more active posts up in the first page of the forums.

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 17:21
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Its all good, though. The title pretty much says it all, and hopefully these answers will clear it up for others. :D

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booman Thursday 28 March 2013 at 17:39
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I guess that makes sense...
I noticed a fancy little "unsubscribe" button at the bottom of the posts and even in the email notification.
Not sure why the responded by deleting the initial post...
That is how I found this thread anyways.
I noticed there wasn't anything current on completely removing PlayOnLinux.
Maybe someone could create a pinned post on how to do it?

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 17:54
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Well, i have not confirmed as to whether or not its doing that for a reason. Also, this may be listed in the VERY long list of fixes for POL 4.2. It may be a bug, it may be something that its supposed to. I would check with a dev first. I have never had a problem with it leaving that folder there, so I never really paid it too much attention.

Hop on IRC and ask petch or one of the other devs. They may know better.

Let me know if its a bug, and I can make a sticky for removing it completely. I still think they did it for a reason, but im not sure. Best to check first. :)

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Ronin DUSETTE Thursday 28 March 2013 at 17:56
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As for removing the ~/.PlayOnLinux folder, I do believe that is in a sticky, but I can check that in a few.

In your home folder, there is an unhidden folder called PlayOnLinux Virtual Drives. From there, you can delete the virtual drives in the hidden folder, without having to unhide the hidden folders.

Check out that other thing first, and if needed, Ill make a sticky on how to remove the ~/.PlayOnLinux folder, as well as everything else.

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