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Thread: Appropriate commands to remove thunderbird and Gwibber.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011

    Appropriate commands to remove thunderbird and Gwibber.

    I do not use thunderbird and Gwibber in Ubuntu12.04 but auto updates for these keep coming. I want to remove these completely so that I do not get notifications for related updates. However I am confused which command(s) I should use: for thunderbird:
    1. sudo apt-get remove thunderbird
    2. sudo apt-get remove thunderbird-gnome-support
    3. sudo apt-get remove thunderbird-globalmenu

    for Gwibber:
    1. sudo apt-get remove gwibber
    2. sudo apt-get remove gwibber-service
    3. sudo apt-get remove gwibber-service-facebook
    4. sudo apt-get remove gwibber-service-identica
    5. sudo apt-get remove gwibber-service-twitter

    Also will it be better to replace "remove" by some other stronger command (e.g. "purge") in above cases?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Appropriate commands to remove thunderbird and Gwibber.

    If you haven't used either app then it would make very little difference whether you used "remove" or "purge". However, why mess around on the command line when you can just launch the Ubuntu Software Centre, find Thunderbird, and then click the "Remove" button?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005

    Re: Appropriate commands to remove thunderbird and Gwibber.

    I've not tried this myself, but if you do it you may find that ubuntu-desktop package is also removed.

    This is not as much of a disaster as it may sound as that package is nothing more than information for the system (a metapackage) and its removal will not hurt day to day running. If you tried to do a distro version update from, say 12.04 to 12.10, you would find that the ubuntu-desktop package is definitely needed to ensure everything is updated properly.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 16.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo --- Wireless-Info

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Re: Appropriate commands to remove thunderbird and Gwibber.

    sudo apt-get remove thunderbird gwibber && sudo apt-get autoremove
    Following the removal of the main packages with apt-get autoremove will make sure that any dependencies that were installed for gwibber and thunderbird will get removed too.

    The issue with removing Gwibber taking ubuntu-desktop with it has been fixed on Precise (12.04) or later versions.
    Last edited by Paqman; January 19th, 2013 at 09:04 PM.


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