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A while ago, I decided to try dropbox. Since I could apt-get it, I thought it was free software.

However, I quickly discovered that the apt-get command only downloaded a downloader for dropbox daemon.

So I stopped that dead in its tracks, did an apt-get remove, aaaand...

wait a second.

The repository won't go away! In fact, if I apt-get update, it's still in there:

Ign http://linux.dropbox.com wheezy InRelease                                                                               

It's not in my /etc/apt/sources.list, so how did it get there?

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For the future: apt-get install etckeeper, pick your favorite version control software, and etckeeper init. This way your /etc is automatically under version control, and you can easily find out when this appeared, and from there why. – Gilles Jul 26 '12 at 23:25
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It is most probably a file located inside the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory. /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ is used by several third-party applications to allow automatic updates without having to modify /etc/apt/sources.list. It seems to have been added with apt 0.6.43 in 2005.

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yes. it was a file called dropbox.list inside of that directory. – ixtmixilix Aug 2 '12 at 0:13

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