Re: apt-get --purge
- From: Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:25:41 -0500
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On 03/16/08 10:34, Adam Hardy wrote:
Raj Kiran Grandhi on 16/03/08 03:33, wrote:
Adam Hardy wrote:
I want to understand what apt-get does with the files of a package
I'm having problems with, but there seems to be stuff going on that
the man page isn't telling me about.
I installed tomcat5.5 and then tomcat5.5-admin.
There seemed to be some serious problem with the tomcat manager
installed by tomcat5.5-admin, which stopped tomcat starting, so I
tried to de-install it.
I ran apt-get remove tomcat5.5-admin
The problem though remained - the tomcat manager settings were
preventing a clean start-up.
So I ran apt-get --purge remove tomcat5.5-admin
This made no difference. So I ran
apt-get --purge remove tomcat5.5
to clear the whole lot. However it let various tomcat files in
/usr/share/tomcat5.5/ which I manually deleted.
Those files that you deleted probably belong to some other package
that tomcat5.5 depends on. So, apt has no way of knowing that the
files are deleted.
I re-installed tomcat, but the bootstrap.jar - one of the main
start-up binaries - was not reinstalled.
You can try 'dpkg-query -L tomcat5.5' to see a list of files that come
with the package. Also 'dpkg-query -S bootstrap.jar' should tell you
which package provided the bootstrap.jar file.
You can also try apt-cache depends tomcat5.5 to get a list of all the
dependencies and reinstall them with 'apt-get --reinstall install'
You are totally correct. I had not expected tomcat to be disassembled
into different packages in that way - the missing files were part of
It was a useful lesson in package management, I'll not those commands.
This should also help:
dpkg -l | grep tomcat
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA USA
"Working with women is a pain in the a**."
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