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Re: Installing j2sdk1.4.2_04 on Unstable

(In response to Jens' message on Tue, 8 Jun 2004 15:25:02 +1000, which
I did not get as I am not on list but which I noticed browsing through
the archives)


I've just spent an hour pounding my head against this same problem.
After tearing apart the "zip"-archive version and the rpm-version,
I've found the problem. Sun's changed their packaging setup in a way
that seems to break alien badly. Not sure if it even works with rpm,
as I don't have a Red Hat system handy to check on.

The class in question, as far as I can tell, is /normally/ located in
$JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/rt.jar. However, in the 'zip' archive and the rpm,
this file doesn't exist. Instead, we have
j2sdk-1.4.2_04/usr/java/j2sdk1.4.2_04/jre/lib/rt.pack. I've not been
able to determine the format of this file (it doesn't seem to be the
same pack as allegro, which was the only lead I could find). When you
uncompress the self-extracting zip archive, it changes the file from a
.pack to a .jar.

I presume the rpm does the same thing, but alien doesn't seem to
understand (or at least, can't translate) whatever the method is that
it uses.


-Nick Pilon

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