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From David Tonhofer <>
Subject Re: Anybody using GNU Java
Date Tue, 29 May 2007 15:50:12 GMT
Omar Eljumaily wrote:
> in a production Tomcat environment?  I tried this once before a few 
> years ago, and ran into some nasty bugs.  Sun's Java, for me, is 
> getting a bit weird, especially on Linux.  I never quite know which 
> version to download, each one having at least two or three different 
> numbers associated with it.  "That's Java Super Enterprise 6, with SDK 
> version 5, etc"
> The latest problem I'm running into is that I'm trying to update to 
> Fedora 6 which uses, and Sun's java insists on version 
> 5.  I suppose I could install 5, but I feel that creepy dependency 
> hell feeling coming on when I think about it.
> So anyway, is anybody successfully using GNU Java?  If not, does 
> anybody have any tips for installing the proper version of Sun's Java 
> on FC6?
> Thanks

Personally, I haven't had time to look into this in detail but 
apparently "JPackage" is the way to go if you want to master the 
It's basically a set or RPMs that installs links to executables and 
jars/so.libs in the expected (Linux) places, it's not more difficult 
than that.
The nice thing is that you get RPMs for various Java packages, so 
dependency problems are solved.

If I remember well, the Sun JDK is not well-behaved i.r.t. placing files 
in a "Linux Standard Way", as opposed to the IBM JDK for
example. Still, there is a "JPackage" package to solve even that.

Check it out:


-- David

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