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On 10/18/11 6:42 PM, Rodriguez-Mueller, Jennifer wrote:
> My question is simple in some ways but may(?) catch a lot of other
> fink newbies who run into the same confusions.  This email
> documents the problem I ran into, where I researched to find an
> answer, and concludes with a request for information.
> It is probably relevant that I'm (1) relatively new to Mac, (2) in
> the first few days of setting up a MacBook Pro with Lion 10.7.2,
> and (3) am not deeply read into the current state of Java other
> than knowing it's current corporate patron is Oracle which makes me
> fear for the "liberality" of its future...
> Given that background, I tried installing fink:
>> mymachine: fink-0.31.3>  sudo ./bootstrap Password: ******** 
>> Please install Java SDK before re-attempting fink bootstrap
> So I thought that would be no problem to fix.  Google, download,
> install, and move on, right?  But the more I looked the more it
> seemed that there isn't a simple and obviously correct thing to do
> :-(
> When I google "JDK Mac" I get:
> Stack overflow complaints that don't have clean answers.
> A grossly obsolete FAQ from Apple that doesn't even contain the
> text "Lion": http://developer.apple.com/java/faq/
> And an ironically amusing forum complaint: 
> http://www.javaprogrammingforums.com/cafe/6088-i-cant-find-java-jdk-standard-edition-mac-os-x.html
>  The best I can find that might solve the problem is what seems
> like a (currently unfinished) attempt to port OpenJDK to Max OSX.
> I don't want to install an unfinished programming language to run
> something as fundamental to my computer's infrastructure as a
> package manager.  Maybe I should stop being so finicky and just see
> what happens?  But I'd like to keep the system administration on my
> laptop clean and tidy, not play around with bleeding edge
> infrastructure. http://openjdk.java.net/projects/macosx-port/
> I've searched for anyone else having Java problems on the fink
> mailing lists and found "JDK" mentioned in only two places:
> This is a link to a 2006 article on OpenJDK politics 
> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.user-groups.foss.nepal/4963
> This is a post and then 40 minutes later a re-post documenting a
> work around for getting a particular version of JBoss to work with
> a particular JDK version. 
> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.java.jboss.user/311040 
> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.java.jboss.user/311042
> …
> Once I reached this point in my research I decided that I should
> probably just summarize the state of my knowledge and ask for
> wisdom in some place that was google searchable so that other
> people in the same situation can find this email in the future and
> then click "next in thread" to find the answer :-)
> Does there currently exists a way to use a production ready fink
> with production ready tools starting from a machine running Lion
> that came without a JDK?  If my goal is simplicity and stability,
> should I give up on Java (and hence fink) for now?  Or maybe... is
> the mac port of OpenJDK more production-ready than its front page
> looks?
> Wisdom (and links to download sites with good instructions) would
> be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Jennifer

It looks like the our bootstrap error message text needs some

Apple decided for Lion to make the their Java SDK downloadable on
demand, provided, of course, that one has a network connection active.
 I believe that running e.g. just "javac" in a terminal window will
trigger a download.
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