Multilib Middle-Ground

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Fri May 2 18:43:39 UTC 2008

Andrew Haley wrote:
>>   You can single out what we are
>>> doing and say is any more non-standard that what other distros are
>>> doing. 'We' aren't making it difficult.. 
>> Oh, please... What do you have to do in fedora to get a java working
>> that will run most of the the available (but not packaged for fedora)
>> open source java programs like opengrok and alfresco?  It's not quite
>> impossible but I dare you to claim its not difficult. OpenNMS and
>> Openfire sort-of cater to this deficiency by including a JVM in their
>> RPM distributions but if you installed both you wouldn't get shared text
>> execution and who knows what would execute for other instances.
> If anyone ever works out what this complaint might be about and if there's
> any substance to it, please let me know.

The almost-java versions included in fedora don't run most real-world 
java code.  And it is much more difficult than necessary to install a 
real java version.  Just including a jpackage nosrc-style package to 
adjust Sun Java to fedora's peculiar needs would eliminate this 
complaint, although I really think it would have been better to stay 
compatible with and avoid any extra work.  I can't think of 
any functional reason why different fedora versions should even need 
different repositories for java packages but maybe I've missed something 

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikeell at

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