Installation of the package breaks automatic version detection

Bug #155852 reported by Daniel Cardin on 2007-10-22
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sun-java6 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

the ubuntu packages for java install to /usr/lib/jvm using a pattern like this :

java-6-sun (symlink)

However, proper jvm detection is done using the pattern


Second problem, the directory is named [...].0.03 where the convention seems to be to use an underscore.

so at the very least there should be a symlink jre1.6.0_03 to java-6-sun-

This will make the following command work correctly :

$ java -version:1.6+ -version

java version "1.6.0_03"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_03-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 1.6.0_03-b05, mixed mode)

instead of:
Unable to locate JRE meeting specification "1.6+"

Matthias Klose (doko) wrote :

where is this naming convention used/followed?

Daniel Cardin (daniel-cardin) wrote :

I am trying to find information about this but it's very scarce. I think I will have to look at the actual source code for the launcher.

I can only tell you the actual "behavior" for now. If the directory has the right name, java picks it up.

James Stansell (jamesstansell) wrote :

"-version:1.6+" is documented by Sun somewhere - I haven't looked at it for a year or more now. Hmm - has a little bit about it.

Daniel Cardin (daniel-cardin) wrote :

It documents the option's format, not the actual process of locating the jvm though.
that's what I'm looking for

Daniel Cardin (daniel-cardin) wrote :

bump. this is still the case with Jaunty

Noah (noah-noah) wrote :

I just ran into this problem with Ubuntu 9.04 2.6.28-15-generic.

It's the same with Lucid Lynx .

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Changed in sun-java6 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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