[CentOS] stock openjdk vs. epel

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 16:42:48 UTC 2009

Rex Dieter wrote:
>>>> If you have the epel repo installed and enabled during a yum update, you
>>>> get java-1.6.0-openjdk- instead of the stock .b09
>>>> version.  Is this intentional and desirable?  I thought epel generally
>>>> did not replace stock components with newer versions.
>>> EPEL doesn't replace rhel5 packages, true, and afaict,  openjdk isn't in
>>> rhel5.  Perhaps a centos addon/extra?
>>> -- Rex
>> That might have been true at one point in time but it isn't now.  On a
>> stock RHEL5.x you can say 'yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk' and you get a
> OK, found it, I'll go known some skulls @ epel.

I'm not sure it's really a bad thing.  For example OpenNMS claims it 
needs b12 or later.  But it is curious that apparently no one noticed or 
knows which is better.  Has the history of Linux distro treatment of 
java (shipping one that doesn't work and being unfriendly to the one 
that does) completely destroyed any interest?

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com

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