I tried to remove Ubuntu Desktop Guide from Yelp(Ubuntu help)..

sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-docs

But still shown whenever I open help?!

From where are those files? and how yelp treat them? and how to get rid totally of those ubuntu-docs?!

In fact yelp is responsible for showing two documentation one for for gnome-help which can be founded under path: /usr/share/help/C/gnome-help and other for Ubuntu,unity which can you show files under /usr/share/help/C/ubuntu-help, but when you purge ubuntu-docs this folder is removed but still documentation still available in Yelp!!!

I'm getting confused from where yelp is providing this documentation?!!!

  • The docs come in about 60 languages. Do you still have some of the other languages installed? (which can include versions of English other than U.S.. "C"). Look for other ubuntu-help directories under /usr/share/help, such as en_CA or en_GB or en_AU. – Doug Smythies Aug 26 '15 at 18:21
  • Oh, and it might be using a language pack specific version under /usr/share/help-langpack. On my system to find everywhere ubuntu-docs stuff was stored, I picked a file name at random and did locate a11y-braille.page – Doug Smythies Aug 26 '15 at 18:44
  • @DougSmythies you can delete those language packs and nothing happens, try it :) – Maythux Aug 27 '15 at 5:04
  • Yes, there does seem to be some weirdness going on. I am in Canada, and so yelp is using the en_CA stuff on my system. However, yelp doesn't pick up any changes unless I modify the the "C" version of the file, but then it picks up the new en_CA version. Yelp must cache stuff somewhere, but I haven't been able to figure out where. I am on the ubuntu-docs team and will try to get help from some others. – Doug Smythies Aug 27 '15 at 21:44
  • @DougSmythies thanks friend...that exactly what make me confused with.. It's not affected by neither langpack nor ubuntu-docs – Maythux Aug 28 '15 at 5:28

The translated pages (everything but en_US) belong to the language-pack-gnome-[LANG]-base packages. When both those and the ubuntu-docs package have been removed, you shouldn't be able to view the docs.


$ echo $LANGUAGE
$ sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-docs language-pack-gnome-sv-base
Läser paketlistor... Färdig
Bygger beroendeträd         
Läser tillståndsinformation... Färdig
Följande paket kommer att TAS BORT:
  language-pack-gnome-sv* language-pack-gnome-sv-base* ubuntu-docs*
0 att uppgradera, 0 att nyinstallera, 3 att ta bort och 0 att inte uppgradera.
Efter denna åtgärd kommer 63,9 MB att frigöras på disken.
Vill du fortsätta? [J/n] j
(Läser databasen ... 636783 filer och kataloger installerade.)
Tar bort ubuntu-docs (15.04.3) ...
Tar bort language-pack-gnome-sv-base (1:15.04+20150615) ...
Raderar konfigurationsfiler för language-pack-gnome-sv-base (1:15.04+20150615) ...
Tar bort language-pack-gnome-sv (1:15.04+20150615) ...
Hanterar utlösare för software-center (13.10-0ubuntu6.1) ...
INFO:softwarecenter.db.update:translation information in database is up-to-date
Hanterar utlösare för bamfdaemon (0.5.1+15.04.20150202-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...

Then, when calling yelp, I get a "Document Not Found" message.

  • I don't think so, you can test it your self make some edit in those lang packs, though you'll not see your changes in yelp. Moreover I did already remove ubuntu-docs and language-pack-gnome-[LANG]-base and still having the documentation valid :) – Maythux Aug 28 '15 at 10:57
  • @Maythux: I just edited my answer. Probably there is some misconception involved here. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 28 '15 at 12:25
  • I did the procedure as per Gunnar's instructions. In my case Language was "en_CA:en". It worked for me. Now, I will re-install. – Doug Smythies Aug 28 '15 at 14:09

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