How to Uninstall DesktopServer 5.0 from Macintosh

This document describes how you may modify settings by entering commands in the Terminal application. Users unfamiliar with Terminal and UNIX-style environments should proceed with caution. The entry of incorrect commands may result in data loss and/or unusable system software. Improper alteration of system files can result in reduced system security and/or exposure of private data.

Stop Web and Database Services (Close MySQL and Apache Processes)
To perform manual uninstall, please ensure that the MySQL server and Apache web server process are not running. You may stop these processes from running by doing either of the following:

  • Reboot your system
    • By default, neither Apache or MySQL are configured to start on login
    • These processes should not be running after restarting your system.
  • Use DesktopServer to stop services
    • Run DesktopServer
    • Select the first option to “Stop or restart the weba and database services.”
    • Select, “Stop All Services.” –> Click “Next.”
    • Select “Quit”

Verify that MySQL and Apache are not running
Please be sure to verify that both MySQL and Apache are not running by checking your Activity Monitor:

  • Start the Activity Monitor App
    • Open Applications –> Utilities –> Activity Monitor
    • Sort by “Process” by clicking on the “Process heading”
    • Verify that DesktopServer, httpd (Apache), and mysqld are not running.
      • If any of these services is running, select the service and click on the “x” button in the Title Bar.

Remove DesktopServer & Delete all files

  • Open Applications
  • Select the DesktopServer Icon
  • Drag the DesktopServer Icon to the Recycle Bin

Remove the .ds Directory

  • Navigate to Macintosh HD > Users > Shared
  • Select .ds and drag it to the Recycle Bin
    • Note: the .ds directory is a hidden directory. If you do not see the .ds directory, you need to enable the ability to see hidden files.

If your files are hidden, follow these instructions to view the .ds directory

  • Open a Terminal Window by opening Applications –> Utilities –> Terminal
  • Type the following: defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
  • Hold the “Option/alt’ key, then right-click on the Finder icon in the dock and click, “Relaunch”
    • If this does not work, restarting your system will work
  • Navigate to Macintosh HD > Users > Shared
  • Select .ds directory and drag it to your Recycle Bin

Optionally – to Remove SSL Certificates

  • Click on the “Go” at top menu
  • Click on Utilities
  • Click on Keychain Access
  • Click on System –> List of certificates
  • Select ServerPress Certificate
  • Click Delete

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