does java needs linux base?

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Wed Sep 1 04:43:00 PDT 2004

> * Matthew Seaman <m.seaman at> [0903 09:03]:
> > On Tue, Aug 31, 2004 at 11:37:48PM -0500, Jorge Mario G. wrote:
> > 
> > > I built the native java from ports
> > > and I see it uses the linux_base which I dont want
> > > because I'm running out of space
> > > can I remove it??? completely?? and how by the way
> > > I mean all the linux_base and itss dependencies
> > 
> > Once you've built and installed a native JDK, you can dispense with
> > the Linux JDK, and the entire Linux compatability setup, if the only
> > reason you only installed it was to build the JDK with.
> > 
> > To build eg. JDK 1.4.x, you need to use JDK 1.4.x to compile it.  This
> > Catch 22 situation is the only reason why you have to install a
> > pre-compiled JDK, and the licensing situation being what it is, that
> > means a Linux JDK.  However, once the native JDK is installed, you can
> > use that to install any updates to the JDK that happen to come along.

On Wed, Sep 01, 2004 at 10:52:23AM +0100, Dick Davies wrote:
> Wasn't there a binary package?
> I'm sure I read that Sun had finally given in and let the project 
> distribute one....

Only for the JDK 1.3.1 which has passed the compliance suite tests and
been licensed for distribution -- see

Unfortunately the 1.3.1 JDK isn't suitable for compiling the 1.4.2
JDK.  I've heard that the FreeBSD Java people have run the latest JDK
1.4.2 port through the compliance testing suite unofficially and they
reckon it would pass hands down.  Unfortunately, it takes money to get
the licensing sorted, and the project has to rely on donations in
order to afford that.



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