requires externaldownload of a file not included in package

Asked by ironroot on 2009-01-04

Ubuntu 8.10

ProblemType: Package
Architecture: i386
Dependencies:
 libgcc1 1:4.3.2-1ubuntu11
 gcc-4.3-base 4.3.2-1ubuntu11
 unzip 5.52-11ubuntu1
 findutils 4.4.0-2ubuntu3
 libc6 2.8~20080505-0ubuntu7
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.10
ErrorMessage: subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: sun-java6-doc 6-10-0ubuntu2
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: sun-java6
Title: package sun-java6-doc 6-10-0ubuntu2 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-9-generic i686

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2009-01-04
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2009-01-05
ironroot (garytex) said : #1
James Stansell (jamesstansell) said : #2

The reporter is questioning the fact that the package is a 'wrapper' to operate on files that could not be packaged and included in the repository.

James Stansell (jamesstansell) said : #3

Wrapper packages like sun-java6-doc exist to provide pseudo package handling for files that cannot legally be packaged and added to the archive. In this case, these doc files can't even be added to the multiverse archive.

Personally I wish this package didn't exist. Or at least that it was made very difficult to accidentally select it. Non-programmers don't need it, and it's wrapper nature tends to confuse them anyway. Actual programmers can deal without the wrapper; it's only marginally helpful to them.

If you do need the java 6 documentation, take a look at the openjdk-6-doc package, which _is_ an actual package and should contain essentially the same information as the docs you can download from Sun's java site.

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