installing a package that wants the "wrong" java

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Mon Jun 28 18:10:19 UTC 2010


  just learned that there's a pre-release packaging for ubuntu of some
software i'd like to play with but, alas, it has a *specific*
dependency of sun's java:

 ... Depends: sun-java6-jdk but it is not installable

which is annoying since i've tested earlier builds with openjdk-6-jdk
and that seems to work fine.  so i'd still like to test the package,
would i install it with "apt-get -m" or "apt-get -f" or what?

  also, if that software really is compatible with openjdk, would it
make more sense for the vendor to list as its dependency the more
generic "java-compiler" or "java6-sdk" so that either one would
satisfy the dependency?  thanks.

rday

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