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    Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    I keep getting updates for firefox even though I don't have it installed. One of the recent updates I received was a language pack. I received more in the past, but I don't remember what they were sorry. Can someone explain why I get updates for a software that is not installed? Thank

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    Sorry I forgot to mention that i'm using Lubuntu.
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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    It sounds like the program files were not "purged" correctly.

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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    Hi!

    By default Ubuntu comes with the Firefox browser.

    Also, your sources.list is where all of the updates operate from so that's why those updates are showing up-
    On my system the sources list is in this path /etc/apt/sources list
    If you want to view your sources list to see all the repositories you can use the terminal and run:
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list
    The http:// address's that are in your sources list is where the updates come from.
    You can either remove that line in your sources list (the one with the Mozilla address) or you can just comment out that entire argument with the (#) in
    front of the exact line it's self.

    But to edit your sources list you will have to use Nano, Gedit or whatever your favorite text editor is.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SourcesList
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...es/CommandLine

    https://projects.gnome.org/gedit/
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/42980...e-text-editor/

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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    Maybe you uninstalled firefox, but kept its dependendies. Running
    Code:
    sudo apt-get --purge autoremove
    may work.

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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    Quote Originally Posted by toady2 View Post
    I keep getting updates for firefox even though I don't have it installed.
    You probably do have some element of Firefox installed.
    Uninstalled packages do not receive updates.

    How, exactly, did you remove Firefox?

    Please open a terminal, try the following command, and post the complete output (including error messages) here:
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    sudo apt-get autoremove firefox
    Last edited by ian-weisser; September 3rd, 2013 at 05:28 PM.

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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    Quote Originally Posted by toady2 View Post
    I keep getting updates for firefox even though I don't have it installed. One of the recent updates I received was a language pack. I received more in the past, but I don't remember what they were sorry. Can someone explain why I get updates for a software that is not installed? Thank
    If you are talking about language-pack-en/base pulling in the firefox-locale-en dependency, it is not the full firefox - just the firefox english locales
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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    Run sudo apt-get purge firefox-locale-en
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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    I actually never installed firefox. I never installed any browser. I am using Lubuntu so I'm just using chromium, as that came already installed.
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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    The firefox-locale-en package is Recommended by language-pack-en-base, which is included in Lubuntu.
    You can safely remove it if you wish. Be aware that the package manager may (helpfully) reinstall it for you in the future.

    Code:
    $ apt-cache rdepends firefox-locale-en
    firefox-locale-en
    Reverse Depends:
      firefox-testsuite
      language-pack-en-base
    
    
    $ apt-cache show language-pack-en-base
    [...]
    Recommends: firefox-locale-en
    [...]
    Description-en: translations for language English
     Translation data for all supported packages for:
     English
     .
     This package provides the bulk of translation data and is updated
     only seldom. language-pack-en provides frequent
     translation updates, so you should install this as well.
    [...]
    Task: ubuntu-live, ubuntu-usb-live, kubuntu-live, kubuntu-active-live, kubuntu-active-live, edubuntu-live, edubuntu-dvd-live, edubuntu-usb-live, xubuntu-live, lubuntu-live, ubuntustudio-dvd-live

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    Re: Gettings Updates for Software That Are Not Installed

    Quote Originally Posted by toady2 View Post
    I actually never installed firefox. I never installed any browser. I am using Lubuntu so I'm just using chromium, as that came already installed.
    Same here. IMO, it's just a hangover from most other Ubuntu Flavors having Firefox as the default. The Lubuntu devs perhaps forgot to address this issue which otherwise is normally taken care of during installation and cleanup.
    No big deal. Just delete it.

    If you want more, assuming you've done a clean install of Lubuntu 13.04 ... I don't know what happens with an "upgrade".

    Go to /var/log/apt. Copy the oldest history.log.n.gz you see (where n is an integer) to your desktop, uncompress it, open the log with Leafpad and search for "firefox-locale-en". You'll see that the installation process installs it but doesn't purge it later on when several other things, including other locales for Firefox are purged.
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