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Every time I try to use openjdk java 7, nothing happens. I try 6, and still, no response.

So, i tried removing it with Ubuntu Software Center. Every time I click on "Remove", it appears to remove it, but then the other version automatically downloads.
For example, I remove openjdk java 6, and java 7 (with all the add-ons) downloads onto my computer. I go to delete that, and once 7 is removed, version 6 reinstalls automatically, with all the add-ons.

Anyone know where i can stop the automatic downloads so I can re-install openjdk java, and get my programs to run again?

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Something you installed is depending on Java (usually the package java-common). So you've got to have either one installed. You could also use Oracles Java packages (e.g. using this method). Then you can remove all OpenJDK (and IcedTea) packages like this:

sudo apt-get purge openjdk* icedtea*

You will keep the java-common package because Java is now provided by the sun-java* packages. If you want to entirely remove Java (and see which packages depend on it), try removing java-common.

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Thanks, I'll try it! –  Jon S. Aug 15 '12 at 2:23
    
@JonS., okay.. let me know if it works. If yes, please mark the question as answered. If not, tell us what happened. –  mniess Aug 15 '12 at 22:03
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