Removing directories left behind by the Smoke uninstaller

Jun 28, 2012


The Smoke uninstaller does not remove certain hidden folders that hold important Smoke configuration files as well as your project data and user preferences. This makes it easy to recover project, user and configuration data when you reinstall Smoke. Keeping /usr/discreet intact is also required if you have other versions of Smoke still installed on your Mac. All versions of Smoke share the /usr/discreet folder.

However, if you wish to completely remove all versions of Smoke from your Mac, follow the instructions in this article to delete all Smoke folders after you have run the uninstaller

Warning! Deleting the /usr/discreet folder listed in this article will cause you to lose ALL project and clip metadata you had in Smoke. This does not affect the actual media intermediates hosted on the Autodesk Media Storage drive, nor soft-imported media.


Removing Smoke Folders

Perform the following tasks after you have run the Smoke Uninstaller.
  1. Open the Terminal from the Applications > Utilties folder.
  2. Type the following command to delete the Smoke folders:
    sudo rm -rf /usr/discreet  /Applications/Autodesk/Smoke*
  3. Enter your password when prompted.
  4. Smoke is now completely uninstalled from your Mac.
    Perform the tasks in the next procedure to disable the /usr/discreet network share.


Disabling the /usr/discreet network share

The Smoke installer automatically shares the /usr/discreet directory over the network.
After you delete the directory, you must remove it from the /etc/exports configuration file to disable sharing.

  1. Open the Terminal app.
  2. Type the following command:
    sudo nano /etc/exports
  3. Enter your password when prompted.
    The file opens in a basic text editor.
  4. Use the arrow keys to go to the beginning of the /usr/discreet  -network -maproot=root line.
  5. Add a pound character (#) at the beginning of the line.
    The line should now look like this:
     #/usr/discreet -network -maproot=root
  6. Press control+o and then Enter to save the file.
  7. Press control+x to exit the editor.
  8. Restart your Mac.