Is apt-get the generally recommended way to install things on Ubuntu? I tried to install manually, and now having some configuration issues with it.

I'd un-install it and use the apt get command to install it, but do I best install it by deleting the tomcat directories? There were probably some system variables set in the process. How do I make sure they don't mess up the future installation?

Also, how does the apt-get command know which version of Tomcat to pull? And how do I know which version to specify in a way that apt-get can understand? :)


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  • Probably, but stackoverflow still has a larger and more vibrant community. So I thought I'd post it here. – Genadinik Apr 7 '11 at 17:37

This is off-topic, but aptitude is the best way to install anything that can be installed via apt-get.

Uninstalling it when you didn't install it through a package manager is purported to be intractable.

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