How do I completely remove ekiga via sudo apt-get remove --purge seems to leave some information when i re-install ekiga. can i rm -rvf even tho ekiga is not just in the home file but in the gconf>apps file?

The reason is that I had added two profiles (A & B) but after trying remove --purge the other profile (B) is still there but not visible from computer 1... I installed ekiga on another ubuntu computer 2 with (B) profile. When I try message (B) from computer 1 it goes nowhere because it apparently is sending it to profile (A) on computer 1. However sending from comp 2 with profile (B) to comp 1 and profile (A) it goes through. So it is apparent comp 1 has profiles (A) and (B) even after remove --purge.


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apt-get purge won't get rid of local configuration files.
ekiga creates files in your home directory, under ./.gconf/apps/ekiga

You'll have to delete that entire directory with rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/ekiga

Applications frequently use .gconf, .gnome*, .config and .local for various settings and cache information, so those are good places to check in general.

If you're not finding more pieces of ekiga, try running sudo updatedb and when that finishes, try locate ekiga . You might find something you've missed.

From the additional items, you've added, I don't see any problems. If you really wanted to you could delete some of those items with something like sudo rm /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/orca/scripts/apps/ekiga/script.pyc . I wouldn't expect these to make a difference, unless you're using orca.

  • I have deleted that file manually before but to no avail. thank you, but hopefully there might be another way?
    – Dustin
    Sep 11, 2011 at 5:00
  • If you've deleted that entire directory, try using the sudo updatedb and locate method for another try.
    – belacqua
    Sep 11, 2011 at 5:13
  • using locate found:/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/orca/scripts/apps/ekiga /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/orca/scripts/apps/ekiga/__init__.py /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/orca/scripts/apps/ekiga/__init__.py /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/orca/scripts/apps/ekiga/script.pyc /usr/share/app-install/desktop/ekiga.desktop /usr/share/pyshared/orca/scripts/apps/ekiga/__init__.py /usr/share/pyshared/orca/scripts/apps/ekiga/script.py and others but they are just icons. But I cannot delete them. any help with this? thanks
    – Dustin
    Sep 11, 2011 at 16:57
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    Those likely aren't causing issues, but you should be able to delete them with sudo rm .
    – belacqua
    Sep 12, 2011 at 2:43
  • ok i will try that, but umm how? just sudo rm ekiga ?
    – Dustin
    Sep 13, 2011 at 15:21

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