Problems installing JDK 1.5

Sam Baskinger sbaskinger at
Wed Feb 28 14:08:05 UTC 2007

Juergen Nickelsen wrote:
> On Feb 27 2007, Chris Timmons wrote:
>> Don't forget that the linux JDK will want you to have linprocfs 
>> mounted. I recently had a similar build experience of jdk-1.5.0p4 
>> which cleared up fine after I remembered about linprocfs.
>> linprocfs   /compat/linux/proc   linprocfs   rw   0  0
> Hm. I cannot imagine how this could lead to the problems I saw, but 
> another thing to try. Thanks!

Linux systems store tons of need-to-know data in the /proc file system. 
If you've ever installed a chrooted Linux environment you must 'mount -o 
bind' the /proc file system from the running system to the chroot for 
many OS functions to work correctly.

I suspect that Java was looking for some process information in 
linprocfs and since it wasn't mounted, it blew up. :) Hope this clears 
up the "why" question. :)

Sam Baskinger
Lumeta - Securing the Network in the Face of Change

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