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To remove Eclipse I used:

sudo apt-get autoremove eclipse rm -r ~/.eclipse/

Now when installing i get this:

anjali@anjali-ThinkPad-Edge-E430:~$ sudo apt-get install eclipse
[sudo] password for anjali: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
eclipse is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 608 not upgraded.
anjali@anjali-ThinkPad-Edge-E430:~$ eclipse
The program 'eclipse' is currently not installed.  You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install eclipse-platform
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What happens when you do sudo apt-get purge eclipse && sudo apt-get install eclipse ? – Alvar Sep 25 '13 at 14:10
Post this command output: dpkg -l | grep eclipse – PeppeDAlterio Sep 25 '13 at 14:16
Why not upgrading the system along te way... you have 608 packages no upgraded. – Braiam Sep 25 '13 at 15:18
The program 'eclipse' is currently not installed.  You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install eclipse-platform

And one more thing, to uninstall a package use:

sudo apt-get remove package_name


sudo apt-get purge package_name

See man apt-get for more info:

autoremove is used to remove packages that were automatically
installed to satisfy dependencies for other packages and are now no
longer needed.
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Is not more easy install directly from Eclipse sources? you dont need install everything more,just download the zip and unzip it and Eclipse works fine, I do that all the time with no problems. Only Java is a requirement but I guess you already got it.

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Actually the less you manually touch your system and use apt instead the better. Installing eclipse from the repos reassures you that it will work out-of-the-box. – Braiam Sep 26 '13 at 15:17
Doing that you obtain an old version, and if you dont know "install" Eclipse is only download the zip, unzip and run it, so no files are installed or compiled. – mlacunza Jun 24 '14 at 15:06

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