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 * [[http://packages.debian.org/cgi-bin/search_packages.pl?keywords=java-package&searchon=names&subword=1&version=all&release=all|Debian JavaPackage official description]].  * [[DebPkg:java-package|Debian JavaPackage official description]].


JavaPackage is a utility for packaging a non-free Java™ 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) Java™ Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java™ Development Kit (?JDK) as a Debian package. JavaPackage provides the capability to create a Debian package from a Java™ 2 distribution simply by executing

$ fakeroot make-jpkg <filename>

This program works currently with JREs and ?JDKs from ?SunJava (1.3 JRE, 1.4 and 1.5), ?IBMJava (1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 beta) and ?BlackDownJava (1.3 and 1.4). It also works with the API Javadoc from Sun (1.3, 1.4 and 1.5).

It will make a .deb out of .bin files from Sun or Blackdown and .tar.gz files from IBM, as well as the .zip files for Sun's API Javadoc.


apt-get install java-package (see DebianPackageManagement, note that java-package is not in the main sources, you need to add contrib to your /etc/apt/sources.list ),

fakeroot make-jpkg jre-1_5_0-linux-i586.bin

dpkg -i sun-j2re1.5_1.5.0+final_i386.deb

See: http://serios.net/content/debian/java.php#gettingstarted

See also:


By default the DebianAlternatives will automatically install the best version of Java as the default version. The Sun Java version as packaged by the java-package make-jpkg will produce a package with a quite high priority alternative. If the symlinks have been manually set they will be preserved by the tools. The update-alternatives tools try hard to respect explicit configuration from the local admin. Local manual symlinks appear to be an explicit configuration. In order to reset the alternative symlinks to their default value use the --auto option.

sudo update-alternatives --auto java

If you'd like to override the default to perhaps use a specific version then use --config and manually select the desired version.

update-alternatives --display java
sudo update-alternatives --config java 

Choose the appropriate number for the desired alternative.

The appropriate java binary will automatically be in PATH by virtue of the /usr/bin/java alternative symlink.