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Re: Java

Tom Allison wrote:
I'm trying to get Java running with the firefox browser.

Should not be difficult.

I can't seem to find anything under the blackdown packages that will actually work. Seems there are some gcc version problems.

I personally use the Sun JRE, which includes gcc2 and gcc3 versions
of the plugin.

I also am not sure what I'm supposed to do with Sun's packages.
Too bad they don't have enough sense to put deb's out there.

Sun's .bin package is a self extracting archive (shell script
sub with compressed payload attached).  Just run it as root
and answer the questions.

How do I get java working?

All I really need are Applets since I don't have any real java applications running today. But in the long run, I would prefer to have something with is .deb compatible and full JRE capable.

In my case, I made a symlink from /usr/local/j2sdk1.4.2_03/jre/plugin/
i386/ns610-gcc32/libjavaplugin_oji.so leading to /usr/lib/

It must be a symlink and cannot be the file simply copied over.

As an alternative, you can try java-package, which is in Sid:

Description: A utility for building Java(TM) 2 related Debian packages
 This package provides the capability to create a debian package from
 a Java(TM) 2 distribution by just running make-jpkg <filename>.
 This program works currently with the latest Java(TM) 2 REs and SDKs
 (1.3, 1.4 and 1.5) Standard Edition, from Sun Microsystems(TM) and
 Blackdown Java-Linux.

I have personally not tried it since I only recently found out about
it, and I have no desire to muck with a working java installation.


-Roberto Sanchez

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