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Uninstalling Kerberos for Macintosh on Mac OS X 10.1

These instructions apply only to Mac OS X 10.1. On Mac OS X 10.2, since Kerberos is an integral part of the OS, you should not attempt to remove it.


To remove/uninstall Kerberos for Macintosh 4.0.x on Mac OS X 10.1, you should the "uninstall" feature of the installer.

The uninstall feature of the installer will also uninstall previous versions of Kerberos for Macintosh for Mac OS X and the Kerberos included with Mac OS X 10.1.

If for some reason you must remove Kerberos for Macintosh by hand, see below.

NOTE: If you are thinking of removing Kerberos for Macintosh 4.0.x because it is telling you that it has expired, you should instead download an updated version of Kerberos for Macintosh.

The instructions below apply only to Kerberos for Macintosh 4.0.x on Mac OS X 10.1.x. You should not uninstall Kerberos from Mac OS X 10.2. The layout of items, particularly in the /usr/lib subdirectories, was different in earlier releases.

WARNING: Some Kerberos for Macintosh components are now included with Mac OS X 10.1, and so you really shouldn't remove them because they're part of the OS. These parts are marked below. The uninstall in the installer will remove everything below. Consider carefully before doing this. This page is only provided as a reference.

If you insist on continuing, be very careful when deleting files to make sure you are deleting the ones listed below, otherwise you may delete a file vital to the operating system and make your system unusable.

Uninstallation by Hand

You must log in as root. If you have not enabled the root account, see the Apple Tech Info Library article Mac OS X: About the root User and How to Enable It. (You may want to disable the root account again once you're done.)

Once you've logged in as root, delete the following:

The /usr directory and its subdirectories are not accessible from the Finder, you will have to use the Terminal application to delete the following files. All these files ship as part of Mac OS X 10.1.

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