i installed youtube-viewer as per the documentation: https://github.com/trizen/youtube-viewer sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

now i don't want it, but:

removing it as suggested here does not work: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/12/how-to-remove-ppa-ubuntu sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

it is not listed in software and updates where it might be removed as suggested here: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/linux-ppas-installation-removal-security/

is it true that "When installed directly from the source (as opposed to building it as a package and installing it with the package manager), I'm afraid [manually deleting the files] is the best option"? https://github.com/trizen/youtube-viewer/issues/133

thus: ppa should generally be avoided if it's such a hassle to remove, or this is an unusual case?

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If you installed the software via the PPA, you can uninstall it like this:

sudo apt remove --purge youtube-viewer

The commands you had in your question will remove the repository where the application came from, but not the application itself.

  • i was worried about using purge because it sounds aggressive, one of those links says purge will "remove all packages installed from a PPA, downgrade any packages it has affected, and remove the PPA". What if there is some related package, eg youtube-dl, that i want unaffected? cheers
    – neverdimed
    Jan 17 at 11:03
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    The --purge flag will remove any configuration files you may have for the package. You do not need to use it, though. A simple sudo apt remove {package} is also fine.
    – matigo
    Jan 17 at 11:05
  • strange: i just ran a basic clean "sudo apt-get clean && sudo apt-get autoclean && sudo apt-get autoremove" and now the app is gone, not sure i understand why, it seemed more stubborn to remove yesterday
    – neverdimed
    Jan 17 at 11:11
  • @neverdimed to remove PPA with its package you have to use ppa-purge ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 instead of add-apt-repository -r ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 .
    – N0rbert
    Jan 17 at 14:06
  • @N0rbert Thanks for the reply. Info says "ppa-purge will reset all packages from a PPA to the standard versions released for your distribution." But isnt there a possibility that i dont want this? Eg, maybe some other program i rely on makes use of a related package and it reverts to the 'standard version'? or is this ppa totally isolated and with no impact on anything else
    – neverdimed
    Jan 17 at 16:50

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