Uninstalling VLC using Ubuntu Software does not uninstall the actual application

Bug #1746728 reported by AsciiWolf on 2018-02-01
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-software (Ubuntu)
vlc (Debian)
Fix Released

Bug Description

If you try to uninstall VLC using Ubuntu Software (GNOME Software), only the desktop/icon files are removed, not the actual binaries in /usr/bin. This is because VLC has them in a separate vlc-bin package and GNOME Software does not support uninstalling dependencies. Please, try to workaround this somehow.

AsciiWolf (asciiwolf) on 2018-02-01
tags: added: artful xenial zesty
Sebastian Ramacher (s-ramacher) wrote :

No, really not a vlc bug.

affects: vlc (Ubuntu) → gnome-software (Ubuntu)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Ken T (professorsnapper) wrote :

Confirmed - after I uninstall VLC via (Gnome) software, usr/bin still contains files called "vlc" & "vlc-wrapper".

As seen under a daily build for Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 32-bit, using Software v3.27.92


Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

According to the specifications, the binary should be included in the same package as the .desktop and the AppStream metadata.

Therefore, unless there is a good reason otherwise, it would be better for the vlc-bin package to be dropped and its contents moved to the vlc package.

(There are rare exceptions to this policy.)

Would someone be willing to file a bug against the vlc package in Debian for this issue?


AsciiWolf (asciiwolf) wrote :


Changed in vlc (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Changed in vlc (Debian):
status: New → Won't Fix
Changed in vlc (Debian):
status: Won't Fix → Fix Released
AsciiWolf (asciiwolf) wrote :

It was not fixed in Debian, the correct status is "Won't Fix".

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