How to complete the removal of Google Earth

Asked by Tony Lewis on 2012-11-28

I had an installation of Google Earth that never seemed to function properly, so some time ago I ran the Uninstall script I found within the Google Earth directories. I also ran some commands I found on various Ubuntu help pages that looked as if they might be relevant. I still have a Google Earth directory in my Home folder, with a sub folder (x264) and numerous folders below that. Can I just delete the top level directory, or are there other actions I should do?

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Tony Lewis (anthonyplewis) said : #2

but I have already tried the removal process documented there.

How did you install the application?

Tony Lewis (anthonyplewis) said : #4

Sorry Andrew,
Can't remember how I did the original install. Probably a downloadfrom the Google Earth website.

I notice that the uninstall I did has removed the icon from the launch bar., so there has been some effect.

Could it be that the files I have in the directory ( Home/Google-Earth/x264) are just the download files, in which case I can safely delete them.


Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #5

Its certainly possible

Make sure your backups are OK

Open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) Enter the following command

dpkg -l | grep 'google'

If this doesn't find any google-earth packages I would rename the folder and reboot. If after a day or so you see no problems then delete the folder. I suspect you have deleted the program and this folder is either the original download or configuration files that can now be removed

Tony Lewis (anthonyplewis) said : #6

Thanks Warren,

I did get some hits when I tried the grep 'google'. Do I need to take any action on them ?

tony@tony-desktop:~$ dpkg -l | grep 'google'
ii googleearth-package 0.7.0 utility to automatically build a Debian package of Google Earth
rc libgdata-google1.2-1 2.30.3-2ubuntu2.1 Client library for accessing Google POA through SOAP interface

I have renamed the folder as suggested and will delete if no ill effects.


Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #7

I wouldn't worry about the second one It's google but not google-earth

You can get rid of the first if you wish. I don't think its causing any problems but it will free some space. The command would be

sudo apt-get purge googleearth-package

Tony Lewis (anthonyplewis) said : #8

Thanks Warren,
I've purged the package and deleted the directory, so all cleared up now.