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Since I prefer to use Evolution, I would really like to completely remove Thunderbird from my PC. I already performed sudo apt-get purge thunderbird* but locate thunderbird still lists some hits! How can I completely remove it?

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did you sudo updatedb to update the locate data base? –  Ramon Suarez Feb 3 '13 at 19:30
Thanks! Well after updatedb is better... but still few hits. Looks more like two icons and thunderbird:thunderbird.desktop –  France Feb 3 '13 at 19:36
No big deal then –  Ramon Suarez Feb 3 '13 at 21:23
What are the full paths of those hits? –  Sparhawk Feb 3 '13 at 23:16
/usr/share/app-install/desktop/thunderbird:thunderbird.desktop /usr/share/app-install/icons/thunderbird.png /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/scalable/apps-extra/thunderbird-icon.svg –  France Feb 5 '13 at 8:52

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sudo apt-get purge thunderbird* will completely remove thunderbird from your system.

Here is what went wrong in your case.

  • You will need to wait for the locate database to update, or force update by sudo updatedb before the system picks the changes. Or use locate -e to print only files existing at the time locate is run.
  • The files you see in /usr/share/app-install belong to Ubuntu Software Center.
  • The files in /usr/share/icons belong to the corresponding icon theme.
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There are two ways using which you can remove Mozilla Thunderbird from your Ubuntu system installation, without affecting other applications.

  1. Ubuntu Software Center
  2. Command line method

Both these methods have been explained in detail at my blog - http://terminaltwister.com/remove-mozilla-thunderbird-email-client-from-ubuntu-13-04/

Have a look it it for detailed steps with screen-shots.

Chose any one of these methods and Thunderbird will be removed successfully from your system.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Warren Hill May 28 '13 at 17:47

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