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My Ubuntu 12.04 had been getting annoyingly slow during the day..

So I decided to have a terminal running top in one of my monitors at all times. I noticed that gwibber-service - gwibber is a ubuntu default application - was poping up in the top of cpu usage plenty of times.

I deleted it.

Now days after its deletion I keep seeing the process gwibber-service popping up! I kill it by its PID , but what I really want to know is why that process is running there after the application was deleted. Of course how to completely remove it won't hurt

[Update] Reverse dependancy on gwibber-service check shows these packages: gwibber-service

gwibber:i386

ubuntu-sugar-remix

desktopcouch

ubuntu-desktop

I think desktopcouch is responsible for this as it is what ubuntu uses to synchronize (thunderbird, ubuntu one, social media..). I really want to know why this part of gwibber is not deleted with standard uninstall. Should I report somewhere?

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Looks like you've not deleted it after all. Running something like sudo apt-get purge gwibber* should do the job. –  mikewhatever Dec 6 '12 at 20:48
    
@mikewhatever he may have just removed the gwibber package. For some reason, removing that does not remove the gwibber-service package, at least in 12.10. –  iBelieve Dec 7 '12 at 0:26
    
It should, if you don't forget the star sign at the end. –  mikewhatever Dec 7 '12 at 4:01
    
@mikewhatever I know your command will work, I was just saying he might have just uninstalled only the gwibber package and didn't use the star or explicitly uninstall the the others. –  iBelieve Dec 7 '12 at 5:31
    
@mikewhatever do you mind that I added the purge command to my answer after seeing your comment and remembering that it should be used to remove configuration files also? –  iBelieve Dec 7 '12 at 5:37
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Running whereis gwibber-service shows

gwibber-service: /usr/bin/gwibber-service /usr/bin/X11/gwibber-service

gwibber-service isn't in the gwibber package. Instead, it is in the gwibber-service package.

For some reason, uninstalling the gwibber package doesn't uninstall the gwibber-service package also. You'll have to uninstall that separately, which you can do using this command:

sudo apt-get autoremove gwibber-service

If you want to also remove configuration files, run

sudo apt-get purge gwibber-service
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+1 for uninstall tips. Thanks guys but what I really want to know is why that thing is there. This is not windows, right :)? –  quinestor Dec 7 '12 at 13:52
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