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I want to remove firefox (with sudo apt-get purge firefox*) but without installing the epiphany browser. how to do it?

PS : I want to remove firefox becouse I want to use and only use google-chrome to be my default web browser.

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Try this: askubuntu.com/questions/51136/… –  Will Sheppard Jun 3 '13 at 13:51

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If uninstalling firefox installs epiphany, then that's because some other package depends on "a web browser", which packages do by depending on the virtual package www-browser. If the google-chrome package doesn't have a Provides: www-browser line, and you have no other browser installed, APT thinks it needs to install a package that does provide a www-browser and then Epiphany is the first choice on a GNOME system.

I downloaded one of the Google Chrome .deb files and I can confirm that they don't provide www-browser. If you want to get this fixed you need to file a bug report with Google and tell them to fix their .deb packages.

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Interesting. Is there a way to find which packages depend on www-browser? –  lovinglinux Nov 8 '10 at 1:59
    
In Synaptic it's easy: Ctrl+F to bring up the search dialog, enter www-browser and select to search for "Dependencies" in the dropdown below that, then press the "Search" button. –  JanC Nov 8 '10 at 2:50
    
On the commandline, apt-cache showpkg www-browser will list both the packages that depend on it and the packages that provide it. Note that "depend" means all sorts of dependencies, including recommends etc. (you can limit it to only certain types of dependencies with an option, see the manpage). –  JanC Nov 8 '10 at 2:52
    
BTW: maybe there are also other/better ways to find this, feel free to make it a new question... ;) –  JanC Nov 8 '10 at 2:54
    
On my system man-db depends on www-browser for looking at online man pages and appears to be the one that pulls in epiphany. –  Adam Nov 8 '10 at 13:39

Removing Firefox does not install or uninstall epiphany-browser. I couldn't reproduce your problem, but there is no need for adding a wildcard after firefox in your command.

Instead of using:

sudo apt-get purge firefox*

Use:

sudo apt-get purge firefox

This command will take care of removing all Firefox packages. If you are still having troubles, then please post the terminal output when you try to remove Firefox, so we can see which packages are being removed.

BTW, the purge command has the same effect as remove, since Firefox does not store any config files in /etc. If you want to remove personal Firefox settings, you need to manually remove the folder ~/.mozilla/firefox

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Full remove, including configurations files: sudo apt-get --purge autoremove firefox

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Keep in mind the purge only removes configuration files from /etc and as far as I know Firefox does not have any files there. This means the purge command will not remove your personal Firefox configuration, which resides in the ~/mozilla/firefox folder. That can only be removed manually. –  lovinglinux Nov 7 '10 at 15:33
    
thanks! this explains why after --purge command there still were configuration files –  Anarchj Dec 24 '10 at 15:28

Full remove = sudo apt-get purge firefox (delete the preferences too)

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Keep in mind the purge only removes configuration files from /etc and as far as I know Firefox does not have any files there. This means the purge command will not remove your personal Firefox configuration, which resides in the ~/mozilla/firefox folder. That can only be removed manually. –  lovinglinux Nov 7 '10 at 15:34

If you want to remove,do it by

sudo apt-get autoremove firefox

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it iss till also install epiphany. –  squallbayu Nov 7 '10 at 14:52
    
It doesn't. Please post the output of your terminal. –  lovinglinux Nov 7 '10 at 15:33

To make Google Chrome your default browser, run Google Chrome, open up Preferences and then under the tab "Basics" you'll find "Make Google Chrome my default browser". Click that button.

You don't need to uninstall Firefox.

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yes i did it,.but I want to remove firefox because it is very wasteful if we only use a web browser but there are 2 web browser installed. –  squallbayu Nov 7 '10 at 14:52
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If "sudo apt-get remove firefox" does not remove Firefox, you shouldn't remove Firefox. Something depends on it. –  Erik Kronberg Nov 7 '10 at 14:54

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