I have now managed to get the updated package to install by renaming /etc/tomcat8 and /etc/default/tomcat8 so that the installer didn't see the previous configuration, but the installer did not then create new configs, which prevented tomcat from starting up. (It failed with the error "tomcat8[39263]: Starting Tomcat servlet engine: tomcat8cat: /var/lib/tomcat8/conf/policy.d/*.policy: No such file or directory")

After restoring my old config files to their original names, I am now able to start tomcat and it appears to be working properly. Looks like the package has some problems in how it handles config files, though.

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