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Re: java again really



On Thu, 2008-01-03 at 10:58 -0500, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-01-03 at 07:01 -0700, Karl Larsen wrote:
> > Knute Johnson wrote:
> > >> Knute Johnson wrote:
> > >>     
> > >>> To install and run Sun Java on F8 look at the simplified instructions 
> > >>> on this site;
> > >>>
> > >>> http://rabbitbrush.frazmtn.com/sun-java-on-F8.html
> > >>>
> > >>> You don't need to remove anything before installing Sun Java.  JEdit 
> > >>> should work with icedtea anyway.
> > >>>
> > >>>   
> > >>>       
> > >>    Some of the things the page says are wrong. But it will be easy now 
> > >> with sim links to use the right java and jedit will work. By the way, I 
> > >> tried it with icedtea and it did not work at ALL!
> > >>     
> > >
> > > What is wrong with the document?
> > >
> > >   
> > Funny you should ask :-)
> > 
> > The document is good but it appears the two lib files are already on F8 
> > and it leaves out the most important part. You need to use the new java 
> > when you call java from a terminal. I got done with the document but 
> > when I would type java -version I got the wimpy version Fedora sends.
> > 
> >     So I looked at /usr/bin/java and it is linked to 
> > /etc/alternatives/java. So I mv java old.java. Then link to the new java 
> > with this:
> > 
> > [root k5di bin]# ln -s  /usr/java/default/bin/java /etc/alternatives/java
> > 
> > The default/bin/java will be the latest one in the /usr/java/ directory.
> > 
> >     With this addition my jedit was installed fast and it works right. I 
> > needs to be added to the document.
> 
> No, what needs to be added to the document is instructions on how to use
> the alternatives facility to get these links set up properly.
> 
> I can understand how Karl or anyone else might be led to fix these
> things up by hand, as above, but it's better to use the tool designed
> for the job.  But in order to do so, one needs to know what that tool
> is.  It's not as common knowledge as it ought to be.
> 
> man alternatives

That's why I pointed out stanton-finley.net
I had no clue what alternatives was when I followed Stanton's java
howto. Maybe if someone could examine it, cut and paste it with edits
for FC7 or FC8, it would be of benefit for a lot of simple folks. So,
there is no need to re-invent the wheel, so to speak. Ric

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