sun-java versions

sktsee sktsee at
Sun Jan 24 14:55:46 UTC 2010

On Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:17:05 -0800, NoOp wrote:

> Anyone have a clue as to why the sun-java versions always seem to be out
> of wack? For example:
> hardy-updates (libs): Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6
> (architecture dependent files) [multiverse] 6-17-0ubuntu1.8.04: amd64
> i386
> jaunty-updates (libs): Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6
> (architecture dependent files) [multiverse] 6-16-0ubuntu1.9.04: amd64
> i386
> karmic (libs): Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (architecture
> dependent files) [multiverse]
> 6-15-1: amd64 i386
> lucid (libs): Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (architecture
> dependent files) [multiverse]
> 6-16-1: amd64 i386
> Only hardy has anything close to the most recent version of sun-java6
> (6-17 - 6-18 is now out & available from Sun). Upstream Debian released
> 6-17 in November:


The following bug reports give some clues as to how different Ubuntu 
versions have different sun-java updates. It's a bit of an inconsistent 
mess with one version (Hardy) scheduled to get updates, and other 
versions get updated if the packager feels like it, I guess. 

Basically, as one Ubuntu developer stated in the comment section of 
#420426, users are on their own with regard to sun-java.

>   I reckon that I'll keep downloading & installing directly from
> Anyone know if Sun has a repository that can be linked to for
> updates rather than relying on multiverse?

I believe Sun has a svn that Ubuntu and Debian use to build their sun-
java packages from, but they don't provide a deb repository. There are a 
few ppa's on Launchpad that have updated versions, but I would perform a 
little due diligence before using one. Then there's java-package from the 
multiverse repo which allows you to create your own sun-java package debs 
from Sun's bin file. It's been supposed to have been fixed to work with 
version 6 updates >=10.


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