Why are emacs related files still in /usr/share/emacs even after I uninstall emacs? Can I delete files in /usr/share/emacs?

[root@home share]# rpm -qa | grep emacs
[root@home share]#
[root@home share]# ls emacs/
21.4  site-lisp
[root@home share]# pwd

I think there are too many files in /usr/share directory, which files and directories can I delete?

[root@home usr]# ls
bin  etc  games  include  kerberos  lib  libexec  local  man  sbin  share  src  tmp  X11R6
[root@home usr]# find share/ | wc -l
[root@home usr]# ls share/
aclocal               autoconf      cups       et         GeoIP              groff    libtool     misc       rhgb      swat          themes
aclocal-1.9           autoconf2.6x  cvs        eula       gettext            gtk-2.0  locale      muttprint  rrdtool   t1lib         vim
anaconda              automake-1.9  dbus-1     file       ghostscript        hal      logwatch    mysql      samba     tabset        X11
anthy                 avahi         denyhosts  firstboot  git-core           hwdata   lua         ntop       screen    tcl8.4        xemacs
application-registry  awk           dict       fonts      gnome-2.0          i18n     magic       openldap   sgml      terminfo      xml
applications          bogofilter    doc        games      gnome-mount        icons    magic.mime  pear       snmp      texinfo       xsessions
apps                  clamav        dstat      GConf      gnome-screensaver  info     man         php        spamdyke  texmf         yum-cli
asciidoc              cmake         emacs      gdb        gnupg              irssi    mime        pixmaps    ss        texmf-config  zoneinfo
authconfig            cracklib      empty      gdm        graphviz           lftp     mime-info   pkgconfig  swamp     texmf-var     zsh
[root@home usr]# ls share/autoconf
autoconf  Autom4te  autom4te.cfg  autoscan  autotest  INSTALL  m4sugar
[root@home usr]# ls share/autoconf/autoscan/
  • 2
    If your Linux distro provides a package manager leave alone that stuff, it should be managed automatically by it. Besides, it's off topic here. Sep 3, 2012 at 0:31
  • 1
    How many files do you think is too many in /usr/share? Why? Sep 3, 2012 at 0:31
  • dude,where should be this topic? maybe you can help me to move my topic to superuser:)
    – hugemeow
    Sep 3, 2012 at 0:32
  • I'd send that to Unix&Linux, personally. (And I'm interested so know the answer.) Nov 18, 2012 at 20:13
  • The /usr/share/emacs directory is most probably a leftover from "manual" (as opposed to package management) installation of emacs stuff. Look at how old that stuff in there (if any) is, and delete that. Leave the rest alone!
    – vonbrand
    Jan 15, 2013 at 18:21

1 Answer 1


These files can belong to other packages, which also provide some emacs modes. You can check from which RPM package this file by using rpm command, e.g.:

rpm -qf /usr/share/emacs/path/to/file

It's a bad idea to delete any system files manually. I would suggest to use your package manager for that.

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