Thursday, July 14, 2005

Updating to JDK 1.5.0 on mepis

Mepis comes with the Blakdowns version of java, which is 1.4.2_04. I updated it with the latest JDK from sun as follows.

- Make sure you have execute permisions for the .bin file downloaded from sun

# ./your-downloaded-jdk.bin

# vi .bashrc

- Add the following two lines

export JAVA_HOME=your-new-java-home

export PATH=$PATH:your-new-java-home/bin

# su -

$ cd /usr/bin

$ rm java

$ ln -s 'your-new-java-home/bin/java' java

$ rm javaw

$ ln -s 'your-new-java-home/bin/javaw' javaw

Now you can test this with typing java -version on the shell

# java -version

java version "1.5.0"

Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0-b64)

Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0-b64, mixed mode, sharing)