Bug#347942: java-package: Increase alternative priority over java-gcj-compat*

Blair Zajac blair at orcaware.com
Tue Jan 17 13:19:49 UTC 2006

Arnaud Vandyck wrote:
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> Comments below.
> Blair Zajac wrote:
>> Package: java-package
>> Version: 0.27
>> Severity: normal
>> Tags: patch
> Barry, what do you think about this? tag it wontfix? add a note in the
> README.Debian? close it? add a note in the Debian Java FAQ?
>> The priority of the java-gcj-compat* packages is 1040 which is larger
>> than the priority of the packages created with java-package (313-315).
>> It appears that if people take the effort to build private .debs of
>> these non-free Java packages, then they should get priority over the
>> other free packages that come in the main Debian distribution,
>> otherwise, the non-free Java's are not used by default.
> Debian is about free software ;-) non-free software should not have a
> bigger priority than free software...

Well, I don't want to get into a philosophical debate, just looking to get my work done :)

The reason I went to the effort to get Sun's JRE installed is that the gij, java-gcj-compat and kaffe-pthreads all core dump on Subversion's javahl
bindings test suite.  Our developers want to use Debian's Eclipse but want to make sure that the Subclipse plugin using the JavaHL bindings do not
core dump.

If the decision is made to have java-package not increase the default priority, then I think make-jpkg should grow a command line option to specify
the default alternative priority.


Blair Zajac, Ph.D.
<blair at orcaware.com>
Subversion training and consulting

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