Didn't see a solved thread before asking this, but if I'm stupid, pls point me to the one.

So by accidentally I mean it was not what I expected it to download. I managed to setup closed NVIDIA driver with Secure Boot on, but the latest source I could find was 4.15.13 (if there's newer, I would appreciate if somebody linked me the one) (actually header from /usr/src was enough to set it up, but still, 4.15.13 was the latest I could find). I executed

sudo apt source linux-source

and others, and now this is how my Home looks like:

This invokes me to delete all of these by hand (y'know, sudo rm), but I just thought if it was downloaded from apt, then these must be the similar automatic way to get rid of it too?

I would appreciate any help sharing info, it is my first month to face Linux as a whole, but it's fun, ain't it?


As you can see with command man apt-get:

Note that source packages are not installed and tracked in the dpkg
database like binary packages; they are simply downloaded to the
current directory, like source tarballs.

There is no other way to remove sources than by hand.

  • Quite a simple response, thanks! Could you point if Home is the only place these files can be? – xt1zer Apr 21 '18 at 16:39
  • @xt1zer drop then where ever you like just run that command the the intended directory – George Udosen Apr 21 '18 at 17:47

I believe source files are just source files and used to build and install their respective apps, and these source files are then removed via the rm command. So in that case a simple delete will not hurt your system.

  • with apt-get source, apt-get fetches source packages to your working directory, they are not installed. – Pasi Suominen Apr 21 '18 at 16:21
  • I know that updated my answer to reflect that! – George Udosen Apr 21 '18 at 16:24

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