Ubuntu: Failing to remove installed package, apt-get says not installed


apt list says I have samba

I don't believe I have a need for Samba. I'd like to remove it. But apt-get remove says not installed

$ apt list -a samba    Listing... Done  samba/xenial-updates,xenial-security 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.8 amd64  samba/xenial 2:4.3.8+dfsg-0ubuntu1 amd64     $ sudo apt-get remove samba    Reading package lists... Done  Building dependency tree  Reading state information... Done  Package 'samba' is not installed, so not removed  0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 19 not to upgrade.  

Is it possible that it is included not in its own right, but because something else depends on it?


Your apt list command does not indicate that samba is installed, just that it is available. Try

apt list --installed samba


apt-cache policy samba

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