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after updating some plugins my Eclipse Indigo stopped working properly in Ubuntu 12.04. Now I no longer can create C++ projects or open cpp files (due to some error in org.eclipse.cdt).

I have tried to run a sudo apt-get purge eclipse* and reinstall it using sudo apt-get install eclipse-cdt, but that didn't solve the issue.

Is there a way I can completely clean eclipse and reinstall it?

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with out knowing whats the error , we can't help you much . please improve your Question with more information . –  Raja Oct 16 '12 at 13:25
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Why not install it from the Eclipse Downloads Page? –  Evandro Silva Oct 16 '12 at 13:28
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I have to agree with Evandro. Dowloading it manually is the better choice. You mostly get a newer version that way and somehow it runs more reliable. You can extract it anywhere you like. I use /opt/eclipse. The C++ development tools can be installed afterwards using the eclipse marketplace or you use the C/C++ package right away. –  André Stannek Oct 16 '12 at 14:34
    
I don't post comments about the error, because I don't want to fix the error, I simply would like a clean install. Evandro and Stoneds I heard it is hard to set the compilers downloading it manually, is that true? Or it is as simple as downloading it? –  lucacerone Oct 16 '12 at 17:27

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Most probably you need to clean the workspace. Try to rename you eclipse's workspace folder and start eclipse. It should ask you for workspace location before loading any plugins.

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There's usually a lot of important (or at least time-consuming) customization in your workspace, so this solution has that as a drawback. –  Eyal Oct 22 '12 at 13:30

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