I am unable to remove Plexmedia server from Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop 64-bit. Whenever I try to remove it via apt-get or dpkg -r, I am getting following error message.

happy@happy-desktop:~$ sudo dpkg --purge plexmediaserver
    (Reading database ... 191869 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing plexmediaserver ( ...
    update-rc.d: /etc/init.d/plexmediaserver exists during rc.d purge (use -f to force)
    dpkg: error processing package plexmediaserver (--purge):
     subprocess installed pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
    Errors were encountered while processing:

I have tried searching on google, but could not find a solution.

Thanks for your time and please let me know if any more information is required from my side!


Try this command:

sudo dpkg --force-all --force-remove-reinstreq -P plexmediaserver

If that does not work, remove the files by hand:

sudo mv /etc/init.d/plexmediaserver /tmp

and again:

sudo dpkg --force-all --force-remove-reinstreq -P plexmediaserver
  • Thanks, moving the plexmediaserver from init.d manually and then executing the dpkg worked. – Simranjeet Sawhney May 10 '15 at 10:01
  • Sorry, can't upvote answers at the moment, so marking it. Thanks for the solution :) – Simranjeet Sawhney May 11 '15 at 13:26

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