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I observe that removing a ppa with Software & Updates or with :

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xxx/yyy

merely empties the file one wants to remove and leaves an empty theuglyppa.list file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ (same with ppa-purge) Why is this ? This seem quite illogical to keep such residue especially for newbies who won't know that they should add :

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/theuglyppa.list*

to their cleaning procedure. Where should this odd behaviour be reported as a bug ? As I consider this as a bug, unless somebody tells me what brilliant logic justifies such leftovers.

  • It may be that the removal of a PPA is a temporary expediancy on the part of the user - for example, I generally disable third-party PPA's prior to doing version upgrades in Ubuntu, then re-enable the PPAs – Charles Green Sep 15 '17 at 12:34
  • Well, that's when one unchecks the PPA in software-properties-gtk, this will comment the line, here it empties the file that one wants to remove, but doesn't actually remove it. – nam1962 Sep 15 '17 at 12:46
  • Just report it as a bug. If the devs don't consider it a bug, they'll close it. askubuntu.com/questions/5121/how-do-i-report-a-bug – muru Sep 15 '17 at 12:58
  • To which team ? I wasn't able to find if its apt, if there is a specific add-apt-repository team and if it was also to report to software-properties team ! – nam1962 Sep 15 '17 at 13:05
  • @nam1962 see the linked question to determine which team to report to – muru Sep 15 '17 at 13:07

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