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java-package: Replacement of sun-java6
Back in October 2011, I blogged about the removal of the sun-java6 package from the Debian archive.
Even if Openjdk 7 is just great, some corporations still need to use the non-free sun-java6 packages.
For perform this task, Cédric Pineau and I brought back an old package from the archive called java-package.
From the upstream release, for example jdk-6u*-linux-x64.bin (which the user will have download since Debian is no longer allowed to redistribute it), the command
will generate a .deb which can be installed in the packaging system.
Obviously, new upstream releases will NOT be automatically updated.
This is far from perfect but it is temporary solution until everybody switch to the OpenJDK.
Btw... i update the sun-java6 package regularly to make it work with the newest java 6 version.
I tried lenny’s package, but first had to patch it to accept two-digit patchlevels and amd64 packages, and THEN ran into the problem that update-java-alternatives didn’t like the result. At all. If this tool version does it better, I’m bought.