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Installing Java on Debian

The jre and jdk is not in Debian by default due to the licence not being fully free. So you have to check if contrib is added in your /etc/apt/sources.list. Example:

deb sarge main contrib non-free

After adding it, run

# apt-get update

Here follows instructions on installing jre for Debian sarge.

# apt-get install java-package

download the sun jdk from Execute the next step as a normal user using fakeroot:

$ fakeroot make-jpkg jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin
# dpkg -i sun-j2re1.5_1.5.0+update06_i386.deb