Actually, it can be done in about 15 minutes from the shell. I uninstalled it and documented the steps and commands I used /http://www.askapache.com/server-administration/uninstall-cpanel.html.
Sometimes this is neccessary if you have to remove it but you are not able to reinstall the entire OS like with a VPS.
Sounds like you had some fun, good for you. :p
And then in the first paragraph you take a unneeded dig at someone
they sure don’t seem confident that they know exactly what their code is doing
With time on your hands, you could probably do whatever is needed to remove cPanel and restore the system, yes sure you bet. A reload is by far faster though and is why you won't find much in the way of directions on uninstalling cPanel on google as your article mentions.
And yet you then go on to say:
I have a few drafts I’m working on at the moment with specifics, but for now you will have to figure it out with google.
And then you drop by the cPanel forums and post this article on how to remove cPanel in two separate threads, which in most cases would be useless to the average user here that runs cPanel.
If anyone actually ever reads this and does it, please share your advice here.. everybody knows we need it! Good Luck
You quoted my advice in your post just above, but my post was not precise enough so I'll add this one as well:
You'll probably should just reload the server itself, there is no easy way to remove cPanel and be sure you've done it properly...
Your article is more of an excercise than anything else, and it does sound like you had fun digging around wiping stuff piece by piece. But there's no need to take shots at cPanel in your article and then come post a link to it here.
An example of the sneakiness (from my POV, from most it’s called builtin robustness) that cpanel does is automagically adding crontab entries that make it behave similarly to a self-propagating virus. If you don’t disable the cronjobs and kill the right processes within a short period of time, be prepared for a magic resurrection.
A self-propagating virus? Really?
I'll just end my post with one more comment from you in your own article:
Also, you can’t just uninstall cpanel
Correct. Just reload the server, you're done in a few hours instead of 6 months of digging for files and evil crons.