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I don't want OpenJDK installed on my Ubuntu 13.04 system, but trying to uninstall the openjdk-7-jre yields the following message:

$ sudo apt-get purge openjdk-7-jre
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  gcj-4.7-base gcj-4.7-jre gcj-4.7-jre-headless gcj-4.7-jre-lib gcj-jre gcj-jre-headless icedtea-6-jre-cacao icedtea-6-jre-jamvm libgcj-common libgcj13 libgcj13-awt
  openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-6-jre-lib
Suggested packages:
  fastjar gcj-4.7-jdk gcj-jdk libgcj13-dbg sun-java6-fonts fonts-ipafont-gothic fonts-ipafont-mincho ttf-telugu-fonts ttf-oriya-fonts ttf-kannada-fonts
  ttf-bengali-fonts
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  default-jre* icedtea-7-plugin* icedtea-netx* icedtea-plugin* libatk-wrapper-java* libatk-wrapper-java-jni* openjdk-7-jre*
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  gcj-4.7-base gcj-4.7-jre gcj-4.7-jre-headless gcj-4.7-jre-lib gcj-jre gcj-jre-headless icedtea-6-jre-cacao icedtea-6-jre-jamvm libgcj-common libgcj13 libgcj13-awt
  openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-6-jre-lib
0 upgraded, 13 newly installed, 7 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
Need to get 57,0 MB/57,2 MB of archives.
After this operation, 156 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

What do I need to do so that no new packages, of which I need none, will be installed when removing openjdk-7?

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Take a look here: askubuntu.com/questions/84483/how-to-completely-uninstall-java –  kingmilo Aug 21 '13 at 17:14

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You can use the following command:

sudo apt-get purge openjdk-7-jre gcj-4.7-base gcj-4.7-jre openjdk-6-jre-headless

In this way no new packages will be installed. Here is my output for the above command:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package 'gcj-4.7-base' is not installed, so not removed
Package 'gcj-4.7-jre' is not installed, so not removed
Package 'openjdk-6-jre-headless' is not installed, so not removed
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  default-jre* icedtea-7-plugin* icedtea-netx* libatk-wrapper-java*
  libatk-wrapper-java-jni* libreoffice-base* minecraft-installer*
  openjdk-7-jre*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 8 to remove and 6 not upgraded.
After this operation, 10,3 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? n

But, I don't suggest you to do this. In one day you will need for sure an OpenJDK (6 or 7).

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If I really need a JDK, I'd prefer to use Oracle's JDK instead of OpenJDK. –  Fynn Oct 3 '13 at 10:32
    
This didn't work for me. –  jgomo3 Jan 11 at 19:32
    
@radu-rdeanu In order to do this, i had to install gcj before. When i tried your solution, apt complained that gcj was not installed. I installed gcj, and removed all those package you said. But after that, the java command was still there. So i must have a wired environment. –  jgomo3 Jan 16 at 20:07
    
@jgomo3 As you can see from my output, this thing didn't happened for me. About what version of gcj do you speak? –  Radu Rădeanu Jan 17 at 5:58

Great question, I was wondering this myself.

I found that you can use the following to remove the openjdk-7-jre on Ubuntu 13.04:

sudo apt-get autoremove openjdk-7-jre

Press 'y' and then press enter when prompted to confirm this change. This should also clean up all the additional dependency libraries that were installed with it.

I also found you can use the following command to perform additional clean up:

sudo apt-get purge openjdk*

If you use the following command:

java -version

You should no longer see the openjdk-7-jre installed!

Hope this helps. :)

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@jgomo3 Does this answer help you? Especially the sudo apt-get remove --purge openjdk* bit? –  landroni Jan 15 at 10:15
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@landroni i have to test it. In order to do the radu-rdeanu solution, i had to install gcj before. That way i could "remove" it. I'll try this solution first uninstalling Oracle Java, second installing the openjdk and stuff, and last "autoremoving" it. –  jgomo3 Jan 16 at 20:03
    
Let me know how you get on, remember if you're using autoremove you need to specify the correct version of the openjdk, you might be running openjdk-6-jre. Additionally it's worth noting that if you're running multiple versions of the openjdk, the purge command will remove all trace of them, so be careful using this depending on what you'd like to do. –  Raouf Aghrout Jan 17 at 8:38
    
Worked for me, thank you. –  TenLeftFingers Mar 15 at 21:43

I notice you said you wanted to use Oracle's JDK. If you want to install Oracle's JDK instead, you can download that and extract it in the location of your choice.

Then you just use update-alternatives to tell your system where Java is installed. If you're not sure about the syntax of update-alternatives, you can use the front-end for it, galternatives.

For example... I use Oracle's JDK quite extensively here.

I extract it to /opt/java/.

Then, so all of Oracle Java's binaries are the primary utilities for Java-related stuff, I do the following with update-alternatives:

for j in `ls /opt/java/bin` ; do update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/"$j" "$j" /opt/java/bin/"$j" 1 ; done

This takes all of the Oracle Java utilities that you've previously extracted, and gives them the first priority, in case you have other versions of Java installed. (since Ubuntu allows you to have multiple versions of the same utility installed)

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Many, many thanks! You are my savior! :) –  dotslash Sep 16 at 6:32

Along with the rest of answers - have you checked your .bashrc file to make sure that JAVA_HOME environment is not there? Removing that line should do the trick in freeing your Ubuntu from openjdk. Like an example:

 JAVA_HOME=/usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_45
 export PATH=$JAVA_HOME:$PATH

If you see anything like that, then delete these two lines and reboot.

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Why this happens

This happens likely because another package on your system is depending on Java. While removing openjdk-7-jre, apt-get sees that if it uninstalls OpenJDK, some packages will have unmet dependencies. To solve this, it installs another package which provides Java.

To find out what is causing this, run these commands in a terminal:

packages=(default-jre default-jre-headless icedtea-6-plugin icedtea-7-plugin java-compiler java-jdk java-runtime java-runtime-headless java-sdk java-virtual-machine java2-jdk java2-runtime java2-runtime-headless java2-sdk java5-jdk java5-runtime java5-runtime-headless java5-sdk java6-jdk java6-runtime java6-runtime-headless java6-sdk java7-jdk java7-runtime java7-runtime-headless java7-sdk openjdk-6-jdk openjdk-6-jre openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre openjdk-7-jre-headless oracle-java7-bin oracle-java7-fonts oracle-java7-jdk oracle-java7-jre oracle-java7-plugin sun-java6-bin sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin)
for pkg in "${packages[@]}"; do
    apt_cache_out="$(apt-cache --installed rdepends "$pkg" | grep -E '^ [| ]\S')"
    if (( $? == 0 )); then
        echo -----------------------
        echo "$pkg"
        echo "$apt_cache_out"
    fi
done

Example output (shortened):

-----------------------
openjdk-7-jre
 |libreoffice-filter-mobiledev
 |libreoffice
 |libreoffice-writer
 |libreoffice-base
 |libreoffice-filter-mobiledev
 |libreoffice
 |libreoffice-writer
 |libreoffice-base

This indicates that all the LibreOffice packages are depending on openjdk-7-jre. As long as these packages are installed, OpenJDK cannot be uninstalled without installing an alternate Java automatically.

To remove openjdk-7-jre

If you want to remove openjdk-7-jre (without installing other packages), you will need to uninstall all packages which depend on it first.

From the example output, that will be:

sudo apt-get remove oracle-java7-installer libreoffice-filter-mobiledev libreoffice libreoffice-writer libreoffice-base libreoffice-filter-mobiledev libreoffice libreoffice-writer libreoffice-base
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