How To: Uninstall ArcGIS Server 9.2 on Linux/Solaris


Instructions provided describe the process of uninstalling ArcGIS Server 9.2 on Linux/Solaris.

The content in this article pertains to ArcGIS versions 9.x only. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools. For instructions on uninstalling the current version, see the link in the Related Information section below.


  1. Run the stopserver script under <ArcGIS Server install location>/scripts directory as ArcGIS install user.
cd to <ArcGIS Server install location>/scripts location
  1. Uninstall ArcGIS Server using the uninstallArcGISServer script under <ArcGIS Server install location>/scripts directory as the super user.

During the uninstall, it asks whether to back up the applications. The default choice is [Y]. At 9.2, make sure to select yes, otherwise the uninstall does not work properly. If a back up is not required, delete the backup files at a later time.

It also prompts for a location to save the backup files. Select the default location or enter any other directory path.

  1. Delete .mw and/or .arcgis folders under the following locations, if they exist:
    • Superuser's home directory
    • SOM account's home directory
    • SOC account's home directory
    • Install user account's home directory
  2. Delete the 'arcgis' folder in <arcgiserver install location> if left behind after uninstall.
  3. Clean up any files or folders that contain mw, Mw or MW in the name including hidden files under /tmp folder.
  4. Reboot the machine to remove any orphaned threads or processes.
  5. Check the following folders to make sure that they do not contain any 'serverobjectmanager' and 'mwcore_*' files. Delete them if they exist:
    • /etc/init.d
    • /etc/rc2.d
    • /etc/rc3.d
    • /etc/rc5. 
  6. Verify the presence of /etc/mainwin.conf file and delete if it exists.
  7. Verify the presence of /etc/remotesa/remotesa.config and delete if it exists.

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