Superseded package not being deleted

Asked by Saikrishna Arcot

In ppa:~saiarcot895/flightgear-edge (, the package fgfs-base - 2.11.0+201305272000~git6fd80e3-0ubuntu0ppa1 has been superseded by a newer version and has been marked for deletion since June 2. However, it hasn't been deleted yet from disk, and this is preventing me from uploading a newer version since I'm close to my limit (3.7 GiB (91.85%) of 4.0 GiB used). I don't think it's referenced anywhere else, and this version is only published in Raring. Personally, I would rather not request more space just because of this. Is it possible to accelerate the deletion or re-request the deletion?

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William Grant (wgrant) said :

Superseded packages will only be removed from disk 24-48 hours after the source and all of its binaries are superseded. This is to avoid disrupting people who haven't run 'apt-get update' since the new version was uploaded. If you really want them gone in the next removal run (every 6 hours), you can explicitly delete the superseded package, which will bring the deletion forward as far as possible.

However, in this case, the removal delay expired 4 hours ago, and it'll be processed in the removal run in an hour or so.

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Best William Grant (wgrant) said :

I was actually looking at the wrong version. The one you reference hasn't been removed because the same version is still published in precise, quantal and saucy; you only superseded it in raring. Files can only be removed once all the publications that reference them are eligible for removal.

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Saikrishna Arcot (saiarcot895) said :

Thanks William Grant, that solved my question.

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Saikrishna Arcot (saiarcot895) said :

Oops. Somehow, I forgot to copy the latest version to the other three distros. Thanks for pointing that out.