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I've followed a variety of instructions about modifying my sources.list trying to install Sun's JRE for Java 6 with no luck. The defining error I'm getting appears to be package sun-java6-jdk is virtual.

How do I install sun-java6-jre on Ubuntu 10.04?

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The java6 package was moved from the multiverse to the partner repository for Ubuntu 10.04 (and perhaps going forward, for Ubunto 10.10)

Add the repository to your sources.list:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner"

Update the source list

sudo apt-get update

And install java

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

The above three steps can also be performed in the gui:

  1. System --> Administration --> Software Sources
  2. Open the Other Software tab
  3. Click + Add...
  4. Enter deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner
  5. Click +Add Source to accept the new repository
  6. Click Close to update the source list
  7. Open Firefox and open the following URLs:
    • apt:sun-java6-jre
    • apt:sun-java6-plugin
    • apt:sun-java6-fonts

Alternately, if you want to develop in java, you would install the sun-java6-jdk package.

If you have multiple versions of java installed, you may need to change the default version with the sudo update-alternatives --config java command, selecting the one with j2re1.6-sun in it.

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