I installed MAMP a while ago and didn't enjoy it very much, so I uninstalled it (moved from Applications to Trash). Today I discovered that there are still MAMP files on my machine, but I can't seem to do anything about them.

Here's what's happening. If I do locate MAMP in Terminal, I get a long list of files like this:

  • /Applications/MAMP
  • /Applications/MAMP/Icon
  • /Applications/MAMP/LEAME.rtf
  • /Applications/MAMP/LIESMICH.rtf
  • /Applications/MAMP/LISEZ-MOI.rtf
  • /Applications/MAMP/Library

So, naturally, I go to my Applications folder to remove the files, but MAMP is nowhere to be found.

Furthermore, terminal-ing to the Applications folder (cd ~/../../Applications) and trying to delete it (rm MAMP) leads to a 'no such file' message.

What's going on?


Locate is not a real time search. It runs periodically to update a database of all file locations. What's probably happening is your locate database is outdated.

  • That appears to be what was going on. I ran an update on the DB and it no longer found any files. Thanks! – Josh Leitzel Nov 7 '09 at 4:49
  • No problem. If you want to do a live search, use 'find'. You can use Spotlight's index from CLI by doing 'mdfind'. – churnd Nov 7 '09 at 17:48

Applications create helper files to assist in running the application and storing data.You might also want to check ~/Library and /Library for other files.

When I delete applications I use AppZapper. It searches for other files and gives you the option to remove those as well as the core application.

  • Thanks for the answer, but I'm afraid it's not extremely helpful. Terminal is specifically stating that the files are in /Applications, but as a precaution I checked the folders you suggested and didn't find anything. I also already know about AppZapper and similar software, but thanks for the link regardless. – Josh Leitzel Nov 7 '09 at 3:27
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    Could be that the locate database hasn't been updated. Like a Spotlight index or a Google cache. – Josh K Nov 7 '09 at 3:42
  • You can also do a Spotlight search (including system files) for the application/company name and delete the relevant files manually. – Steve Harrison Nov 7 '09 at 3:44

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