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Uninstall Netbeans, the best way? Package manager broken

Xubuntu // Facing some issues here, any help will be appreciated



5:06 pm on Jan 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

Hi there webmasters, long story short Netbeans and Java have been a pain lately, is installed but won't run, I want to uninstall but it doesn't appear as installed. Already read the thread about "is rm remove same as uninstall?" here [webmasterworld.com...] YES I know and yes I agree on using the package managers but here everything failed.

  • Installed Netbeans via Ubuntu Software Center, everything seemed fine, it launched the app finebut FAILED to create projects.
  • The package is BROKEN, if you take a look at it on the Ubuntu Software Center LOTS of comments advice to AVOID IT and to just download and install the app via browser and terminal.
  • After searching the web I found many people solving the problem changing the JAVA version, so I tried the command line option, it downloaded another version of java, done.
  • Then Netbeans is gone from the menu, no launcher, can't launch the app
  • The files are still there and I'm clueless on what to do to make it run
  • I want to uninstall it but the Software Center shows "install" as if I had removed it.
  • The disk space reflects the whole installation still being there
  • OUCH, sorry can't afford to reinstall my Xubuntu now that I have my local dev server running with a bunch of stuff that was a pain in the ..ss to configure.

Any help will be appreciated.

I want to make Netbeans run
Or to fully uninstall it recovering my disk space (space is not the problem, is about having only the files I need.

Thanks in advance.


6:10 pm on Jan 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

so I tried the command line option

What exactly did you do?

Have you checked whether its dependencies are still installed? Search for packages starting "libnb-". Most of Netbeans is the platform, not the IDE.

Also, the comments I have read suggest that if you install OpenJDK 7, then Netbeans does work when installed using the package manager.


6:27 pm on Jan 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

Hi, Installed Netbeans via Package manager, it has many stars (rated) but the inside shows many complains (1 star) due to the problematic functionality. Then as many others report on the web, Netbeans was not working properly.

All the packages where there, the problem is THAT version of netbeans not working with the default java and whatever the package from software center downloads. As said before, it is the package. The solution was to install an older version of java, I did... it broke the thing so I couldn't uninstall netbeans.

As for now I downloaded Netbeans from their site avoiding package manager, installed JDK7 via apt-get, then installed the downloaded netbeans, it works perfectly, just regret (for the first time) using the package center...


6:23 am on Jan 22, 2014 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Using the package manager is almost always the right thing to do. A package this messed up is exceptional - the last time I had a problem like this was a few years ago and I install quite a lot of stuff (that was just a game so I did not bother fixing).

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