Re: RFC: Java (JAR) desktop integration/admin tool
> While Java JDK is freed nowadays, those JAR files are mostly
> closed-source (bluej, javakara, jprologeditor, greenfoot etc.).
> Rather than creating wrapping deb-packages with binary content
> ('dirty'), I'd suggest a straight-forward policy plus some desktop
> integration tool for admins:
> - place all jar files to /usr/share/java or /usr/lib/jar
If I understand your mail right, you want to create an application to
manage the JAR files? If this is right, the *.jar files should IMO go
to /usr/local/lib/java (or somewhere else in /usr/local).
> - register desktop relevant jar files in /etc/debian-desktop-jar.conf
> like this:
> exec="java -jar /usr/lib/jar/bluej22.jar"
> menu="BlueJ Java Editor"
These could then be dropped in /usr/local/share/applications. This
would also solve the next point (at least for desktops that use the
> - add some hook that makes those icons show in desktop menus
> - provide some tool that helps registering such JAR apps.
I miss something in this approach: How would the JAR files be
distributed? And how can updates be handled? Having the admin install
them manually on multiple systems is not very comfortable and error
I think it might be a better idea to make it easy to create Debian
packages out of the JAR files (somewhat similar to dh-make-perl for Perl
packages). This would make it easy to handle distribution and updates
centrally. Also it gets the added benefit of dependency handling by
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