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I would like to remove the VLC nightly build and go back to the default VLC player. I tried sudo apt-get remove vlc which removed it, then I deleted the Nightly PPA and tried to install VLC sudo apt-get install vlc but couldn't as I got a few errors.

There must a proper method, please let me know.

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after removing ppa did you run "apt-get update"? –  binW Dec 7 '11 at 15:21
    
Yes I did run sudo apt-get update –  Bhargav Dec 7 '11 at 15:26
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The proper method to remove a ppa and to use the program version of the official ubuntu repos, is to use ppa-purge.

First, you need to install ppa-purge:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

then, you purge the ppa you installed previously. (in your case vlc-daily)

sudo ppa-purge ppa:videolan/master-daily

This downgrades the vlc version from the daily version of the ppa to the stable version in the ubuntu universe repo.

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A vlc package install consists of at least 5 packages, typically at least 7. To switch from the ppa to repo vlc you should remove them all. From the cli it's pretty simple, 2 ways

Removing vlc-data will cause all the other vlc packages to be removed

sudo apt-get purge vlc-data

Or you can do this as long as you've never done a vlc source build installed with checkinstall

sudo apt-get purge vlc*

The former command will work fine

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remove completely vlc via synaptic and install vlc via synaptic

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Synaptic is not a part of 11.10 :D –  Bhargav Dec 7 '11 at 15:22
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Normally I should use the purge option to remove VLC completely. Mind in your home dir (use the ctrl+h keys) remove .config/vlc/vlcrc and .vlc/vlcrc also.

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