Bug 81022

Summary: mozilla RPMs don't remove empty directories when removed
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Braden McDaniel <braden>
Component: mozillaAssignee: Christopher Aillon <caillon>
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Priority: medium    
Version: 5CC: aleksey, mcepl, mcepl, michael, petersen, wtogami
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OS: Linux   
Fixed In Version: fc6 Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Bug Blocks: 79579, 100644    
Description Flags
patch to add include dirs to package manifest none

Description Braden McDaniel 2003-01-03 15:55:11 UTC
Description of problem:
When removed using "rpm -e", the mozilla RPMs don't remove directories that they
install (e.g., /usr/lib/mozilla-1.2.1, /usr/include/mozilla-1.2.1).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Comment 1 Warren Togami 2003-02-03 07:33:08 UTC
Is this truly a bug?  Many other packages don't remove empty directories either.

Comment 2 Jens Petersen 2003-07-17 21:27:08 UTC
Yes, mozilla has lots of unowned directories:

% rpm -qf /usr/include/mozilla-1.4/mozilla-config.h
% rpm -qf /usr/include/mozilla-1.4
file /usr/include/mozilla-1.4 is not owned by any package
% rpm -qf /usr/include/mozilla-1.4/gtkembedmoz/gtkmozembed.h
% rpm -qf /usr/include/mozilla-1.4/gtkembedmoz
file /usr/include/mozilla-1.4/gtkembedmoz is not owned by any package

It would be nice to have all the directories in the manifest to prevent this:

% ls /usr/include/mozilla-1.[Tab]
 mozilla-1.3/   mozilla-1.4/   mozilla-1.4b/

Comment 3 Jens Petersen 2003-07-17 22:31:51 UTC
Created attachment 92991 [details]
patch to add include dirs to package manifest

Comment 4 Michael Lee Yohe 2003-08-12 15:02:07 UTC
This is, in general, a good idea.  I am wondering, however, if these directories
were left behind because some plugins tend to install themselves into
/usr/lib/mozilla-1.x instead of the symbolic link /usr/lib/mozilla.

I think some sort of logic would be good in the removal/upgrade process to
migrate all plugins from legacy directories to the current version directory. 
That way, people don't find themselves unable to view that particular applet or
flash object.

Comment 5 Braden McDaniel 2003-08-12 15:36:43 UTC
That would be bad. Plug-ins that are version-independent should be installing 
themselves in ${libdir}/mozilla/plugins, not the versioned directory.

Regardless, certainly a directory shouldn't be deleted by an RPM uninstall if 
it still has files in it.

Comment 6 Jens Petersen 2003-09-04 03:21:02 UTC
> Regardless, certainly a directory shouldn't be deleted by an RPM uninstall if 
> it still has files in it.

(And indeed rpm doesn't delete non-empty directories.)

Comment 8 Steve Snyder 2004-08-05 17:04:43 UTC
Just a reminder that, 1.5 years after being reported, this is still a

After upgrading to mozilla-1.7.2 I noticed that directories
/usr/lib/mozilla-1.7 and /usr/include/mozilla-1.7 were still present
on my system.  As was the directory structures from the even older
mozilla-1.6 installation.  The RPM upgrade correctly removed the old
files in these directories, but left the directory structures in place.

These obsolete directory structures are useless and should be removed.

Comment 9 Jens Petersen 2004-08-09 03:19:05 UTC
This seems to be fixed in mozilla-1.7.2-0.2.0 finally. :)

Comment 10 Christopher Aillon 2005-03-31 10:52:14 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 74160 ***

Comment 11 Braden McDaniel 2006-07-10 21:58:03 UTC
This problem persists. Upgrading from mozilla 1.7.12 to 1.7.13 leaves a bunch of
directories around.

Comment 12 Matěj Cepl 2007-02-05 12:53:18 UTC
Mozilla has been removed from Fedora, and this has been already fixed in firefox.