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In this post I want to show you how I maintain my uninstall script for ArcSQL. You can do the same with your database based applications.

The system is simple. The arcsql_schema.sql file contains most of the objects that are created. I add a special comment called “– uninstall:” with the command to drop the object I am creating. See the image below.

The build_arcsql.sh script greps those lines out and puts them into uninstall_arcsql.sql. Uninstalling my application is as easy as running the script.

Maintaining a separate uninstall file is tedious and error prone. By keeping each drop statement as close to the creation code as possible I make my life easy.

You can see the current version of the code here.

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