I am trying to delete all the older version of code packages installed in Author/Publishers and specifically trying to delete packages under /etc/packages with package name "cq-ui-5.1.45-SNAPSHOT.zip"..
"cq-ui-5.1.45-SNAPSHOT.zip" is the latest version installed on the system and we have similar old package versions
and this version starts from the year 2016 with package name - "cq-ui-5.0.00-SNAPSHOT.zip" .
The problem here is, all these packages are NOT under any group & these packages are not installed as a separate packages.
When i select the latest package "cq-ui-5.1.45-SNAPSHOT.zip" and then click "Older Versions"(below screenshot refers old versions) and i could see all these older version packages are under the same package since 2016. Now the concern is, these packages are not installed separately and all the old version packages from 2016 are under one package.
I have run the below command to uninstall one older version package alone and it shows uninstalled successfully. But when i check in package manager, i don't see any changes
curl -u admin:admin -F cmd=uninstall http://localhost:41001/crx/packmgr/service/.json/etc/packages/cq-ui-5.1.43-SNAPSHOT.zip
After i executed uninstall command on "cq-ui-5.1.43-SNAPSHOT.zip", listed the package but it doesn't show as any modification made.
<created>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:03:18 -0400</created>
<lastModified>Thu, 5 Mar 2020 15:45:48 -0500</lastModified>
Does it mean - this package is successfully uninstalled? If this is not right - How do i uninstall/delete these older version packages without restoring? Kindly assist.
I've actually written a script that does this, you can find it here: https://github.com/theopendle/aem-purge-packages
Packages are stored in the JCR like any other node. You can find them all under /etc/packages. For example, here are multiple versions of AEM Core Components on my instance:
For every package on your system, my script will keep only the most recent version and delete (no uninstall) all the others.
If you run the script, it will first analyse your packages and tell you
You can then choose to continue or not:
$ python3 aem-purge-packages.py
Namespace(date=None, force=False, host=None, path=None, user=None, verbose=False)
Getting package list from AEM ...
913 packages found
110 outdated packages found
Getting package list from AEM ...
Purging outdated packages will remove 1.49 GB / 4.31 GB of package data
Do you wish to continue? (y/n):
In my case, I chose to continue, and you can see that it removed the older versions of each package:
Run the script with the -f flag to prevent it from asking for confirmation for every single deletion. Run it with the -h flag to see more options.
However please BEWARE!
If you want to improve my script to exclude packages from the purge if they are dependencies of other packages, you are more than welcome!
There's no need for a comprehensive approach when you can manage the removal of packages under http://localhost:4502/miscadmin#/etc/packages
Make sure you are logged in with the right privileges.
If you don't have any release notes bounded to versions of the Artifact-Zip AEM content packages, then it will be difficult to understand if you have any breaking changes. Typically an AEM project, the latest content package contains incremental deployments of the version before it. If so, It can be safe to remove the older packages manually.
A manual approach can be done in http://localhost:4502/miscadmin#/etc/packages for each instance. Simply right-click and delete the old packages. And you would not need to uninstall the packages, but to "DELETE" the packages.
However, if you wish to automate deleting packages using CURL commands, like you already started, click here to validate the command https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/6-3/sites/administering/using/curl.html