Appendix A.  Installing a Java Development Kit on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat supports the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform when it is run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4 or 5 in conjunction with the Sun Microsystems Java Development Kit (JDK) version 1.6, and the IBM JDK version 1.5.


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A.1.  OpenJDK on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Use this procedure to install OpenJDK on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.


The following commands must be run as root.

Procedure A.1.  Installing OpenJDK on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

  1. Subscribe to the base channel.

    The OpenJDK is available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux's base channel.
  2. Install the package.

    To install OpenJDK, issue the following command:
    yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel
  3. Set OpenJDK as the system's default Java Development Kit.

    To ensure that the correct JDK is set as the system default, run the alternatives command as described in Section A.4, “ Setting the default JDK with the /usr/sbin/alternatives Utility ”