which java on 8-release

Chuck Robey chuckr at telenix.org
Fri Feb 5 12:43:01 UTC 2010

Rob Farmer wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM, Steve Franks <bahamasfranks at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Tried to get any permutation of XYZ-jre or XYZ-jdk installed on 8-rc1
>> and gave up.  I see still no diablo for 8.  What is the best way
>> forward (and how am I so dense that no one else has even asked this
>> question, I must be on the wrong track, no?)  I saw a few posts about
>> having to install diablo in order to build openjdk, so that's out
>> too...what is the 'magic' port that people use?  I just want to run
>> all the apps that need java, I don't plan to write any java on my own.
> Diablo should work on 8 with the misc/compat7x port - I'm running
> diablo-jdk16 on -current without any problems.

Why are you insisting on diablo?  The jdk16 port (which is the Sun version of
Java) is so stable that it's unreal, and builds trivially easy.  It works so
perfectly that you really *ought to* use it to build the 3.5 version of eclipse.
 Using eclipse for Java, C, or Python is so good that nothing else makes sense.
 Probably others too, but I use it for python, C, and Java.  If you think that
eclipse is merely another editor, stand by for a shock.  I use the $15
vi/eclipse plugin, so I have a interface that looks much (command-wise) like
vim.  I really don't buy software too often, but geeze, this is just too good to
pass up.

It's the fact that FreeBSD's native jdk1.6 is solid beyond all expectations that
makes eclipse available.  I've been running it from FreeBSD-current, starting
java back at 8.0.  I've actually been running FreeBSD-current for, I dunno,
since last millenium?

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