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I need to install Oracle Java 7 on my FreeBSD 10 server but I am a bit confused.

I am using the ports, and when I do a make install in the /usr/ports/java/linux-sun-jdk17 directory I get the following:

===>  linux-sun-jdk17-7.60 You must manually fetch the J2SE SDK download for the Linux platform (jdk-7u60-linux-i586.tar.gz) from, place it in /usr/ports/distfiles and then run make again.
*** Error code 1

make: stopped in /usr/ports/java/linux-sun-jdk17

Now I understand what it wants me to do, but I am concerned that I am on a amd64 machine and it wants me to get the java package for i586.

Can anyone who has done this give me some advice here? This server needs to be rock solid and perform well.


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This is because you will be running the Linux version, and currently the Linux "emulator" for FreeBSD currently only supports 32bit Linux.

(I put "emulator" in quotes because it's not really an emulator, it's really just a syscall translator. And there's work to add 64bit Linux support going on, but until then only 32bit Linux binaries can be run.)

Honestly, for me, the native OpenJDK 1.7 package (built from the java/openjdk7 port) works great, so unless you have some special requirement to use the Oracle version, use OpenJDK 1.7.

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Yeah I have not wanted to use OpenJDK in the past becuase of bugs, and these are production servers. But I read now that with version 7 the code bases are almost identical. So hopefully this is the case, will need some good testing though. Thanks! – Casey Jordan Jun 13 '14 at 14:59

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