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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Bug reports...
Date Tue, 28 Mar 2000 13:00:36 GMT
Niclas Hedhman wrote:
> 
> Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> 
> > Let's keep things simple. if your java_home is not set, you have to set
> > it. Simple enough.
> >
> > Good guesses don't help... either you do autoconf stuff or nothing.
> >
> > BTW, you should set your java_home environment anyway for good behavior
> > (otherwise, how do you change JVM while you go?)
> 
> Ah Ha!! A handicapped Windows user speaking...

admittedly so :)
 
> We have (and you don't) something called symbolic links, meaning we can create a
> reference to another file or directory (or device, process and so forth). This works
> at file system level, and not the dinky toy of Links in Windows Explorer. And this
> can be cascaded, so

look, I'm not _that_ handicapped :) I have my linux box right here side
by side with my windosh box.
 
> ln -s /java/sun/jdk1.2.2  /java/jdk1.2
> ln -s /java/jdk/1.2 /java/jdk
> 
> creates a reference chain of
> 
> /java/jdk  ->  /java/jdk1.2  ->  /java/sun/jdk1.2.2-final
> 
> So, assuming I want to change from Sun's to Blackdown's implementation in
> /java/blackdown/jdk1.2.2-rc3, I do
> 
> rm /java/jdk1.2    #Remove existing link
> ln -s /java/blackdown/jdk1.2.2-rc3  /java/jdk1.2 #Create new link
> 
> Nothing else...

I do that myself.
 
> I disagree that Environment variables are a good way to go on Linux.
> a)  A lot of people have no idea how to set them permanently
> b)  Setting them permanently is different on different distrubtions on Linux.
> c)  There are different ways for users and all_users.
> d)  Which does not include processes started at boot time, such as JServ.

good points. still I like more

build.sh --java-home=/usr/local/java/jdk 

than heuristics scripts.
 
> I think many (most?) Linux users agrees with me. (But I may also be completely
> wrong).
> 
> Niclas


-- 
Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<stefano@apache.org>                             Friedrich Nietzsche
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