Sun Java installation issues

Derek Broughton news at
Tue Oct 7 16:29:48 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:

> On 10/06/2008 08:05 PM, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> NoOp wrote:
>>> On 10/06/2008 04:18 AM, Glenn Holmer wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 2008-09-23 at 14:17 -0700, NoOp wrote:
>>>>> To install from Sun:
>>>>> (unless you are adventurous and want to try Java SE 6 Update 10 RC).
>>>>> Read the installation instructions from:
>>>>> [Installation of Self-Extracting Binary]
>>>>> You'll want this one to go in your /usr/lib/jvm directory so that you
>>>>> can use it system-wide.
>>>> Does this really give it system-wide?  In other words, if you open a
>>>> console and type "java -version"?  What about /etc/alternatives?
>> update-java-alternatives
> No. That won't fix 'java -version' and /etc/alternatives. That's why I
> use galternatives to modify.

It's what I've always used.  It _has_ to set up /etc/alternatives, because
update-java-alternatives is just a front end to update-alternatives, and
update-alternatives is the correct way to modify /etc/alternatives. 
Whether it fixes "java -version" is just a matter of whether you've got
something on the path ahead of the version pointed to by the alternatives
> Another interesting issue that I ran into; you _need_ to have the repo
> version installed to get the .jinfo file in /usr/lib/jvm. If you purge
> the repo Sun version, it also purges the .jinfo file.


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