There is a program named notepad on my Ubuntu which I want to remove as I never use it. I have got update for notepad of 80 MB from software updater. And I don't want to download that 80 MB.

I entered .wine folder of my home directory & there deleted the program named notepad. Still when I run the command notepad on terminal, the notepad window opens. To find where this program is, I did:

ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:~$ which notepad
ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:~$ sudo apt-get purge notepad
[sudo] password for ravbholua: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package notepad

So, what's the package name for this program? This program runs on wine (this I came to know after seeing the menu item named 'about notepad' for this program). How come this run on wine as the program name wine I deleted from the directory tree under ~/.wine and there is no other program named notepad under this folder?


W.R.T. to an answer, I'm posting the below:

ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:~$ dpkg-query --search notepad
wine1.7: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/wine-notepad.png
wine1.7: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/22x22/apps/wine-notepad.png
wine1.7: /usr/share/applications/wine-notepad.desktop
wine1.7-i386: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/wine/fakedlls/notepad.exe
wine1.7: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/wine-notepad.png
wine1.7: /usr/share/man/man1/notepad.1.gz
wine1.7: /usr/bin/notepad
wine1.7-i386: /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/wine/notepad.exe.so
wine1.7: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/16x16/apps/wine-notepad.png
wine1.7: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/wine-notepad.png
wine1.7: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps/notepad-48.svg
kdelibs5-plugins: /usr/lib/kde4/notepadpart.so

From this, what's the package name of notepad?


The answer wrote by @slm has worked with the following note.

Earlier I was getting an update for wine for 80.2 MB. Then after holding wine1.7 using command sudo apt-mark hold wine1.7, I got update for ~50MB. So, I understood it's working. Now to hold everything on wine, I did the following.

ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:~$ dpkg --get-selections | grep wine
wine-gecko2.24:i386                                 install
wine-mono0.0.8                                      install
wine1.4                                             install
wine1.4-i386                                        install
wine1.7                                             hold
wine1.7-i386                                        install
winetricks                                          install

I see here that the package wine1.7 which I had held from update is only marked as hold. So, I ran the below to hold all these.

$ sudo apt-mark hold wine-gecko2.24:i386 wine-mono0.0.8 wine1.4 wine1.4-i386 wine1.7 wine1.7-i386 winetricks

And now I'm not getting the update at all.

  • each line start with wine1.7 I assume you need to remove wine to remove this notpead binary
    – Kiwy
    Feb 7, 2014 at 14:10

3 Answers 3


You can use the command readlink to track down errant links to files, so that you can find out the true executable behind the link.



$ ls -l /sbin/reboot
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 16 Dec 16 11:38 /sbin/reboot -> ../bin/systemctl

real file

$ readlink -f /sbin/reboot

$ ls -l /usr/bin/systemctl
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 337048 Dec  8 22:20 /usr/bin/systemctl

Determining what package a file belongs to

You need to use apt to find out what the actual package name, since notepad likely belongs to a package, and isn't necessarily its own package.

using apt

$ apt-file search notepad


$ apt-file search /usr/bin/notepad

using dpkg

You can also use dpkg to find out more as well:

$ dpkg-query --search notepad
app-install-data: /usr/share/app-install/icons/wine-notepad.png
kdelibs5-plugins: /usr/lib/kde4/notepadpart.so
app-install-data: /usr/share/app-install/desktop/wine1.4:wine-notepad.desktop

Excluding packages from update

If you need to block an application from being considered for updating by APT you can use one of the following commands.

$ sudo -i
$ echo “wine hold” | dpkg --set-selections


$ sudo apt-mark hold wine

You can confirm using these commands:

$ dpkg --get-selections | grep wine
wine                                        hold
wine-gecko1.4:amd64                         install
wine-gecko1.4:i386                          install
wine1.4                                     install
wine1.4-amd64                               install
wine1.4-i386                                install
winetricks                                  install


$ apt-mark showhold

But I think there's an issue with excluding just the package named "wine". I believe you also want to exclude wine1.7 in your case, here it would be wine1.4 for me.

$ sudo apt-mark hold 'wine1.4'

$ apt-mark showhold

If you continue to encounter additional warnings about "wine" packages you might want to "hold" everything related to wine.

  • I have shown the output of the dpkg--query in my edit. Please say what's the package name for notepad. It is not clear to me.
    – Ravi
    Feb 7, 2014 at 13:03
  • Also please say whether both ls -l & readlink would give the link? If so, then either can be used & not necessarily readlink. In my case readlink didn't show any link; so it means it has no link!! Am I right?
    – Ravi
    Feb 7, 2014 at 13:07
  • @Ravi - wine1.7 is the package. This app is provided by wine itself.
    – slm
    Feb 7, 2014 at 14:01
  • @Ravi - correct on the link Q. I was showing that on the off chance that you were dealing w/ a link to a program which wasn't under control of any package that was install via APT.
    – slm
    Feb 7, 2014 at 14:07
  • Thanks slm. Also @Kiwy what I want is to get rid of the update message from the software updater to update notepad. So, if I delete the executable using sudo rm, will it solve my purpose? And also as per mart's answer (in comment section), will wine work properly even if the executable is removed?
    – Ravi
    Feb 7, 2014 at 15:41

the location in /usr/bin/notepad is probably a link to some other location. Try ls -lh /usr/bin/notepad to see where it's linked from.

Also use dpkg-query to search for the containing package, as in: dpkg-query --search /usr/bin/notepad. man dpkg-query for more information.

  • No I don't think so. Please see the output of the command you told -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1.6K Dec 7 02:50 /usr/bin/notepad . Does it show that its not linked!!
    – Ravi
    Feb 7, 2014 at 8:49
  • then removing that file should do the job. However, is notepad not necessary for wine? In the file list here is it included, I think this is because some windows programs depend on it: packages.ubuntu.com/en/precise-updates/i386/wine1.4/filelist
    – user59828
    Feb 7, 2014 at 8:55
  • @Ravi - did you run dpkg-query --search?
    – grebneke
    Feb 7, 2014 at 9:16

This is what I run successfully on Ubuntu 17.04 LTS:

sudo apt-get --purge remove notepadqq

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