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
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    Thanks! Well after updatedb is better... but still few hits. Looks more like two icons and thunderbird:thunderbird.desktop – francelipuzic Feb 3 '13 at 19:36
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    No big deal then – Ramon Suarez Feb 3 '13 at 21:23
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    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 – francelipuzic Feb 5 '13 at 8:52

This will completely remove thunderbird from your system.

sudo apt-get purge thunderbird*

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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