[CentOS] Re: Java JDK on CentOS 4.4

Matt Hyclak hyclak at math.ohiou.edu
Thu Nov 16 03:10:33 UTC 2006

On Wed, Nov 15, 2006 at 07:43:04PM -0500, Edward Diener enlightened us:
> Karl R. Balsmeier wrote:
> >we have been using the 64-bit and 32-bit java 1.4 and 1.5 .bin 
> >installers on Centos 4.3, 4.4 with very much success, so if you are 
> >looking to get the Java capabilities you might not need to search for an 
> >RPM per se.
> >
> >We keep a very bare machine (no centos java package, etc.) and have a 
> >whole step-by-step recipe for getting all the usual java webapps working 
> >with very little hassle...
> >
> Is there any particular procedure for installing the Java 1,5 on Sun's 
> site to CentOS 4.4 ? I see a Jpackage package called 
> Java-1.5.0-sun-compat but I have no idea what this is or how it is 
> supposed to be used.
> Setting up Sun's Java latest 1.5.0 JDK on "that other OS whose name 
> shall not be mentioned" is a no-brainer so it is a bit disappointing 
> that it is more complicated on CentOS 4.4. But maybe it is really as 
> easy as downloading the appropriate file from Sun's site and installing 
> it and I am overestimating any other issues.

Using the binary installer will work, however what the jpackage.org stuff
does is create all the appropriate links (mostly for /etc/alternatives) so
that /usr/bin/java is the right thing. 

If you had read the Installation Instructions on the web site (right next to
the big red blinking "READ!"), you would see that installing sun-java-compat
along side the rpm from Sun's website would get you a working java


Matt Hyclak
Department of Mathematics 
Department of Social Work
Ohio University
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