Eclipse & Java 1.5

Chuck Robey chuckr at
Mon Nov 2 20:44:31 UTC 2009

Alex Huth wrote:
> Hi!
> I want to change my laptop system from Debian to FreeBSD. After installing 8.0
> RC2 in a virtual machine i have tried to install eclipse and changed the Java
> version in the makefile to 1.5, but it still want to install the 1.6 jdk.
> I need the 1.5 version for several reasons, for example VPN account.

This surprises me a bit, as I'd understood that the differences between 1.5 and
1.6 were strictly limited to bugfixes, and changed the interface not at all.
Reason that this might make some difference to you is that, at least for me
(using FreeBSD-current) the jdk16 port and eclipse, from ports, are absolutely
rock stable.

Do you really have some reports saying that jdk16 doesn't work in your situation?

> How can i solve the problem? Is java 1.5 also available if i install it on
> AMD64? On debian this is a Problem.
> Thx
> Alex
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