This is just side note coz sometime I forgot how to do it..pfft
/usr/sbin/alternatives is a tool for managing different software packages that provide the same functionality, for example; different version of JRE and JDK. From manual it said to creates, removes, maintains and displays information about the symbolic links comprising the alternatives system. The alternatives system is a reimplementation of the Debian alternatives system.
As Java developer I need different kind runtime of JRE and JDK enviroment during development and testing,this functionality very suitable to me.
First of all, you should beware not to use Oracle RPM, as it will be problematic with OpenJDK default package. So grab tarball from official JAVA website and click on the Download button.), then unpack to
/usr/java/ directory :
$ cd /usr/java/ $ sudo tar zxvf jre-9.0.4_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz $ sudo tar zxvf jdk-8u161-linux-x64.tar.gz $ sudo rm *.gz
After you extracted the tarball, use
install action flag to add it into
java group :
$ sudo alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/java/jre1.8.0_161/bin/java 1
Same thing goes with
javac group also. Don’t forget to change the path to JDK :
$ sudo alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /usr/java/jdk1.8.0_161/bin/javac 1
It better to symlink any recent version as
$ sudo ln -s /usr/java/jdk1.8.0_161/ /usr/java/latests $ sudo ln -s /usr/java/latests /usr/java/default
So, you suppose to get something like this:
$ ls -l /usr/java | grep -E '(default|latest)' lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 16 Aug 29 2017 default -> /usr/java/latest lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 23 Mar 20 14:00 latest -> /usr/java/jdk1.8.0_161/
Now you can choose which
javac version to use :
$ sudo alternatives --config java $ sudo alternatives --config javac
(Insert any number from the selection list or press enter to using the current)
Now you installed JRE and JDK or multiple version and you can configure your system to use one or another easier with
Thank for reading, see ya!