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I am trying to remove a repository in 12.04, like so

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:cassou/emacs
sudo apt-get update

but when I run the command

ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d

I get the name of ppa mentioned in the list


Why so?

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What are the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cassou-emacs-precise.list? The lines are probably commented out. You can also just delete the files manually by the way. – terdon Mar 17 '14 at 16:15
@terdon Ok, the file looks empty. But it was not deleted automatically. – Gaurav Agarwal Mar 17 '14 at 16:27

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The repositories have been removed, if you check the contents of those files, you will find them empty. I don't know why they were not removed and I would call that a bug in add-apt-repository unless empty files are removed by default on reboot or similar.

In any case, for future reference, you can always simply delete the files manually:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cassou-emacs-precise.list*
sudo apt-get update
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It does not remove even after restart. Do we need to file a bug report on add-apt-repository? – Gaurav Agarwal Mar 17 '14 at 17:13
@terdon. Thanks – Farooq Mar 17 '14 at 17:34

add-apt-repository --remove doesn't actually remove the repository but disables it. If you want to remove the repository along with any package it may have installed you can by using ppa-purge:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:cassou/emacs

NOTE: This will downgrade any packages you might have installed from the PPA to the version available in the main repositories. As explained in man ppa-purge:

   ppa-purge - disables a PPA and reverts to official packages
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ppa-purge does more than that it is - command line tool that downgrades all the packages installed from a PPA to the versions available in the official Ubuntu repositories. – Gaurav Agarwal Mar 17 '14 at 17:02
@GauravAgarwal surely that will only happen if the tools in question are available in both? – terdon Mar 17 '14 at 17:36
@terdon Yes, for the reason you mentioned, this cannot be considered the answer to the problem. – Gaurav Agarwal Mar 17 '14 at 18:04

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