Sun Java installation issues

Glenn Holmer gholmer at
Thu Oct 9 17:31:48 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-10-09 at 12:51 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Well, I won't argue with that - but can your alternative _possibly_ be less
> deranged?

I am indeed deranged, I'm afraid there is no hope :)

> > Having said all that, it ought to be way easier for the average person
> > to upgrade Java on a Linux box...
> Certainly.  Install any java package from the Ubuntu package repository, and
> they _should_ run update-java-alternatives themselves (last I checked, the
> sun-java packages, at least, didn't - but that's a packaging bug).

So what does the average user do, rebuild the package?

The biggest problem with that is that you're limited to whatever is in
the repository.  I just checked, and for Java 6, it's update 6... and
the current release is update 7.  Many people are also using 6u10, which
is on its second release candidate already.  If the most current
versions were available I'd use update-alternatives and ignore the
ugliness behind the scenes.

"After the vintage season came the aftermath - and Cenbe."
Glenn Holmer  (Q-Link: ShadowM)

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