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I am trying to finds a way to install the Java SDK (javac) on Scientific Linux 64bit with yum or anyway.. Can someone please tell me the best what to do this so I can use maven for my builds etc

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Just download the SDK from Oracle, place it in a suitable directory like /opt/java.

chmod it, i.e.:

chmod 744 jdk-6u37-linux-x64.bin

unpack it, i.e.:


symlink it, i.e.:

ln -s jdk1.6.0_37/ jdk

set environment variables in /etc/profile.d/java.sh, e.g. (for ant but you get the idea):

export JAVA_HOME=/opt/java/jdk
export ANT_HOME=/opt/java/apache/ant
export PATH=${JAVA_HOME}/bin:${ANT_HOME}/bin:${PATH}


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Another option is to install the openjdk available via the distribution.

yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel

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