How To: Purge All Software from a Linux PPA and Restore the Default Software

I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit the other day, and am still in the process of getting the system just-so – but in the process one of the things I did was install Nautilus Elementary, a modified version of the standard Nautilus file manager with extra-bits and pieces, only it hangs all the time when I browse my NAS – so it has to go!

As I’d installed it through a separate third-party PPA (this one – linked at the bottom of the page), it can be a pain to know what’s installed from what PPA when you want to go back to default Ubuntu repos – but there’s a quick-fix:

Go grab purge-ppa from here (link is again at the bottom of the page), and then run that bad-boy on the PPA where you want to remove all software from that PPA. In my case, that meant running:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:am-monkeyd/nautilus-elementary-ppa

Job done! PPA removed from sources list. All PPA software uninstalled. Original s/w restored! Now, because it’s nautilus in this case I just need to run nautilus -q to kill all running instances of the old elementary version, and I’m back in the game with the fully-working standard repo stuff. Mice! =D

Thanks to for all the good stuff – had never seen the site before, but am well impressed w/ all the neat new stuff they cover!

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