What I did to solve this problem was to add a new source

sudo add-apt-repository "deb lucid partner"

After that a normal

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk

This is followed by this pressing question:

After requesting and downloading a java install on a terminal, I got the following, and ONLY the following:

Package configuration...

┌────────────────────┤ Configuring sun-java6-jre ├─────────────────────┐
│ │...

There is no more to the window, no place to type a command, no way to read the whole agreement, nor to select Y/N or OK, or anything.

What do I do?


August 8th, 2009, 01:53 AM
Have you tried pressing the TAB button?

August 8th, 2009, 02:45 AM
emeraldgirl, thanks

I'm just wondering how users are supposed to know that TAB does magical things in ubuntu.

such things are not usually left to the user's guessing skills

I knew there was an easy way to do it...

Then, pick which to use, OpenJDK which is installed by default (and which an apt-get -purge didn't remove for me) or Sun's...

>Can I run both side by side?

Yes, you can and you can tell the system which one to use by default (for the Java software).

To get a list of the installed JDK

$ sudo update-java-alternatives -l

To set a new as default one (at the system level)

$ sudo update-java-alternatives -s

And just to add one more XAMPP related thing:

Once lampp is up and running, you want to run: sudo ufw enable to make sure folks aren't accessing your server, etc.