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Java dependency problem

Hello all.

I have a running Openfire server on a Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I must change the Java JRE version because there are some bug and there is no more Ubuntu security updates on the Ubuntu JRE packages: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2012-January/001554.h tml

So I remove all Ubuntu Java software and install the last one from Oracle: http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/6u31-b04/jre-6u31-linux-x64.bin

Now this is my Java version:

java -version

java version “1.6.0_31”

Java™ SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_31-b04)

Java HotSpot™ 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.6-b01, mixed mode)

The problem is that now the Openfire service doesn’t start.

I try to reinstall the package and I have a dependency error:

dpkg -i openfire_3.7.1_all.deb

dpkg: regarding openfire_3.7.1_all.deb containing openfire, pre-dependency problem:

openfire pre-depends on sun-java5-jre | sun-java6-jre | default-jre-headless

sun-java5-jre is not installed.

sun-java6-jre is not installed but configs remain.

default-jre-headless is not installed.

dpkg: error processing openfire_3.7.1_all.deb (–install):

pre-dependency problem - not installing openfire

Errors were encountered while processing:


How could I install Openfire with a manually installed Java?

Thanks and best regards.

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Hello Josu,

Have you been able to solve this problem?

I have the same one and I’m looking for a solution!


You can set JAVA_HOME to point to your install, or alter the startup script **openfire.sh **to use your jre install.

I make this steps:

cd /usr/lib/jvm/

sudo wget http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/6u31-b04/jre-6u31-linux-x64.bin

sudo chmod +x jre-6u31-linux-x64.bin

sudo ./jre-6u31-linux-x64.bin

sudo mv jre1.6.0_31 java-6-sun-

sudo rm java-6-sun

sudo ln -s java-6-sun- java-6-sun

And it is working, I don’t know what happens with I new install, because it has dependencie problems.


Thanks rcollier and Josu for your help,

I solved the problem by following these steps:

  1. first install java using the oracle script, then follow the steps from help.ubuntu.com (Manual method for JRE) → https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Java#Manual_method

  2. force the install of Openfire → sudo dpkg --force-all -i openfire_X.x.x_all.deb

  3. edit the file /etc/init.d/openfire and add the home directory for my java version (***/usr/lib/jvm/jre1.6.0_31/*** in my case) after the line: t=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun && test -d $t && JAVA_HOME=$t the new line should look like this:*** t=/usr/lib/jvm/jre1.6.0_31 && test -d $t && JAVA_HOME=$t***

  4. start openfire service by doing /etc/init.d/openfire start

That’s all

Best Regards!