[CentOS] stock openjdk vs. epel

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 31 07:25:17 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM, Rex Dieter <rdieter at math.unl.edu> wrote:
> Rex Dieter wrote:
>> OK, found it, I'll go knock some skulls @ epel.
> Bug filed,
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=504189
> folks poked, hopefully will see a resolution soonish.
> -- Rex

Still no java browser plugin for Centos?  I've been reading the web
all night on this, getting angry.  I can't find any explanation about
why EPEL did have a working browser plugin, but then Centos introduced
versions of those same packages that had the plugin removed.  Not to
mention the fact that Centos keeps the older version (b09) of
java-1.6.0, and yet yum seems to think it is a newer version.

So far, the only adequate approach I've found is to install the
java-1.6.0-openjdk packages that used to be in EPEL repositories.
Every yum update fails after that because yum tries to install the
versions from Centos updates, but those updates fail because they
don't satisfy the plugin requirement. That's not great because there
are some security fixes that come along with the Centos version.

It just seems silly to leave it this way.  Are the experts just sick
of dealing with each other?

I've been looking at the SRPM files for the competing
java-1.6.0-openjdk packages from Centos and EPEL trying to figure how
to make a plugin package in the EPEL style but from the java base in

Well, I'm sorry if these words are too critical.  I appreciate the
efforts everyone has been making on this.


Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas

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