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27 README.md
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sudo make uninstall
+## More Severe Uninstalling
+
+Usually, the above instructions are sufficient. That will remove
+npm, but leave behind anything you've installed.
+
+If that doesn't work, or if you require more drastic measures,
+continue reading.
+
+This assumes that you installed node and npm in the default place. If
+you configured node with a different `--prefix`, or installed npm with a
+different prefix setting, then adjust the paths accordingly, replacing
+`/usr/local` with your install prefix.
+
+ rm -rf /usr/local/{lib/node,lib/node/.npm,bin,share/man}/npm*
+
+If you installed things *with* npm, then your best bet is to uninstall
+them with npm first, and then install them again once you have a
+proper install. This can help find any symlinks that are lying
+around:
+
+ ls -laF /usr/local/{lib/node,lib/node/.npm,bin,share/man} | grep npm
+
+Prior to version 0.3, npm used shim files for executables and node
+modules. To track those down, you can do the following:
+
+ find /usr/local/{lib/node,bin} -exec grep -l npm \{\} \; ;
+
## Using npm Programmatically
If you would like to use npm programmatically, you can do that as of
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+npm-removal(1) -- Cleaning the Slate
+====================================
+
+So sad to see you go.
+
+ sudo npm uninstall npm -g
+
+Or, if that fails,
+
+ sudo make uninstall
+
+## More Severe Uninstalling
+
+Usually, the above instructions are sufficient. That will remove
+npm, but leave behind anything you've installed.
+
+If that doesn't work, or if you require more drastic measures,
+continue reading.
+
+This assumes that you installed node and npm in the default place. If
+you configured node with a different `--prefix`, or installed npm with a
+different prefix setting, then adjust the paths accordingly, replacing
+`/usr/local` with your install prefix.
+
+ rm -rf /usr/local/{lib/node,lib/node/.npm,bin,share/man}/npm*
+
+If you installed things *with* npm, then your best bet is to uninstall
+them with npm first, and then install them again once you have a
+proper install. This can help find any symlinks that are lying
+around:
+
+ ls -laF /usr/local/{lib/node,lib/node/.npm,bin,share/man} | grep npm
+
+Prior to version 0.3, npm used shim files for executables and node
+modules. To track those down, you can do the following:
+
+ find /usr/local/{lib/node,bin} -exec grep -l npm \{\} \; ;
+
+(This is also in the README file.)

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