[CentOS] stock openjdk vs. epel

Mathieu Baudier mbaudier at argeo.org
Thu Jan 7 08:38:15 UTC 2010

I have created a YUM repo.
Just add a file /etc/yum.repos.d/argeo.repo with the following content:

name=Argeo-EL-$releasever - Plus

name=Argeo-EL-$releasever - Plus Source

WARNING: I recommend that you use the includepkgs option or the
priority plugin, because this repository will contain other packages
updating the Base CentOS!! (hence the 'plus' name, just like CentOS

>> I'm concerned the yum update against the base/updates of Centos will
>> keep trying to install that crappy older version that Centos carries.
>> Have you tested that?

Actually if you configure the above repo, and just run a yum update
you will see that it upgrades the base OpenJdk . (you still need to
install the plugin additionally of course).

Installed Packages
java-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64             1:           installed
java-1.6.0-openjdk-demo.x86_64        1:           installed
java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel.x86_64       1:           installed
java-1.6.0-openjdk-javadoc.x86_64     1:           installed
java-1.6.0-openjdk-src.x86_64         1:           installed
Available Packages
java-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64             1:    argeo-plus
java-1.6.0-openjdk-debuginfo.x86_64   1:    argeo-plus
java-1.6.0-openjdk-demo.x86_64        1:    argeo-plus
java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel.x86_64       1:    argeo-plus
java-1.6.0-openjdk-javadoc.x86_64     1:    argeo-plus
java-1.6.0-openjdk-plugin.x86_64      1:    argeo-plus
java-1.6.0-openjdk-src.x86_64         1:    argeo-plus

This is because of the -33 instead of the -1.7.

As I said previously, my approach is to track the Fedora version.
(that's why we add our build version at the end argeo.1, argeo.2 etc.)
With a bit of luck, this should smooth the transition to CentOS 6...

As I said, I have tested nothing on i386 (I just build it), especially
not the plugin (which is where most of the differences between the two
architectures lie in terms of packaging).

Feedback and ideas welcome!

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