FC5 - quick yum fix for java plugin?

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Mon Apr 24 22:44:22 UTC 2006

On Saturday 22 April 2006 12:15, Jay Cliburn wrote:
>On Sat, 2006-04-22 at 12:05 -0400, Marc M wrote:
>> I am having trouble getting my java plugin to work properly.  I am
>> trying to run a cbt on a training website and firefox sends me to
>> the java site for the plugin.  I have downloaded the rpm.bin file,
>> run the script, chmodded the rpm to 777, and I still get the
>> following.
>> Does anyone have any good updated yum locations where I can just
>> grab a good file with some updated repo's, that are likely to fix
>> all of these dependencies?
>Assuming you're running 32-bit FC5, go here for instructions.

Trying to set this up as a (gasp) user, I'm sort of following along with 
the idea being that I don't have to run as root, AND at some point I'll 
get the java plugin working with firefox.

Failing rather miserably at the bottom of that documents page 7. As 
root, or su -, doesn't make any diff:
[root at diablo plugins]# rpm -ivh 
Retrieving http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/fedora/linux/5/freshrpms.repo
error: open of <!DOCTYPE failed: No such file or directory
error: open of HTML failed: No such file or directory
error: open of PUBLIC failed: No such file or directory

And its hung.  It does respond to a ctl-c and has several times, but the 
above has now been displayed for several minutes.

Attempting to bypass this, gftp, when I click on the fedora subdir 
in /pub, reports too many symbolic links and fails.  No such directory 
as /pub/fedora.  And, when I chase it back and go in around the links 
to /pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/5, then there is not a freshrpms.repo 
file available there.


Secondarily, not knowing that I was suppose to make rpms out of rpms in 
order to install java, I installed it useing the sun installer, several 
times because it was throwing a nonsensical error unless it was run 
with the -silent option.

That error looks like this:
          Initializing InstallShield Wizard........
          Launching InstallShield Wizard........

The installer is unable to run in graphical mode. Try running the 
installer with the -console or -silent flag.

The -console didn't change anything, hence the -silent.

It apparently put it in beside, or overwriting the 1.4.2 install I 
didn't know was there because an rpm -q java and variations of java 
(like j2se and j2*) kept coming back empty.

The java plugin isn't working now, nor was it (the 1.4.2 install) 
working before, so how does one go about fixing this in the 'official' 
manner, but such that it actually works.  This is also the latest 
firefox, upgraded by the package updater.

Cheers, Gene
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