F22 System Wide Change: Legacy implementations of the Java platform in Fedora

Mikolaj Izdebski mizdebsk at redhat.com
Thu Feb 26 08:17:35 UTC 2015

On 02/26/2015 08:45 AM, Jiri Vanek wrote:
>> I'm not really proposing as I haven't thought about this much yet, but
>> the idea was about be adding a few empty binary packages "java",
>> "java-devel", "java-headless" and so on (they could be subpackages of
>> javapackages-tools). Existing provides with the same names could be
>> removed from JDK packages.
>> "java" would be the preferred JRE in Fedora. The package would have no
>> content, but it would have Requires on preferred Fedora JRE, currently
>> java-1.8.0-openjdk. This could be easily changed as default JRE changes.
>> The same is for other binary subpackages of "java", respectively.
>> All system packages would require subpackages of "java" as they do now
>> (unless there is good reason not to). Users that install "java" would
>> get latest JRE, which would be updated to new major versions as they
>> become default. Older JDKs would not be removed during update (unless
>> there is no maintainer and they are obsoleted as currently), but users
>> could remove them with "yum autoremove", unless something requires older
>> JDK or they installed it explicitly.
> Does it really seem to you as more simple  solution both for packagers
> and users?
> it does snot to me...

Yes, IMO it is much simpler than the policy you are proposing.

Mikolaj Izdebski
Software Engineer, Red Hat
IRC: mizdebsk

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