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I installed Tomcat 7 and it is giving me all sorts of fits :) .jar files are missing and I have many error messages coming at me from different directions :)

As I understand it, deleting tomcat is not trivial due to the many paths it sets during installation. Is there a recommended or safe way to just remove or disable tomcat 7, and install tomcat 6 on ubuntu?

Thanks, Alex

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I would like to do something like sudo apt-get remoce tomcat, but that didn't work :) How can I look up the list of things I can call with the apt-get remove command? - Thanks! – Genadinik Apr 7 '11 at 22:51
Did you install it with "apt-get install tomcat"? if not, then apt won't know how to remove it. – DerfK Apr 7 '11 at 23:39
A "sudo apt-cache search tomcat" on my 10.10 vm does not list tomcat 7 as in installable option for me. Did you download tomcat 7 binaries from – mahnsc Apr 8 '11 at 12:47
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The package manager can only uninstall stuff that it has installed.

If you followed the Tomcat 7 install instructions, then it really should be as simple as reversing your changes.. but if you're not exactly sure what's been done, a fresh install of the OS may be a good idea.

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A fresh install of the OS is not realistic. Isn't there another wayto get this figured out? Hmmmm – Genadinik Apr 7 '11 at 23:21

How did you make the installation ? Source ? Package ? If it was from a package you can see the provided files

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