Howto Install Sun Java on Debian Etch

This small guide shows how to install the original Sun Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 JRE (Java Runtime Environment) and JDK (Java Developer Kit) on Debian 4.0 Etch
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The original Sun Java 2 is available in the ‘non-free’ section of the Debianrepositories. To enable this section first add the non-free repository to the apt sources file – the /etc/apt/sources.list should look like, – important parts are in bold:


deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ etch main contrib non-free

Now, update apt:

sudo apt-get update

Then install the Java debian packages.

sudo apt-get install sun-java5-jre

Or this for installing the JDK ( the Java SDK )

sudo apt-get install sun-java5-jdk

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