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Bug 158496 - The src.rpm doesn't build on a free system
Summary: The src.rpm doesn't build on a free system
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: db4
Version: 3.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Paul Nasrat
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2005-05-23 00:16 UTC by Zenon Panoussis
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-05-31 17:31:42 UTC
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Description Zenon Panoussis 2005-05-23 00:16:53 UTC
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Description of problem:
db4 can no longer be compiled on a free ("free" as in "OSI approved") system; see "Actual results" for the errors.  

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to compile db4 on a full and up to date installation of the RHEL sources published on .

2. Fail.

Actual Results:  # rpmbuild --rebuild db4-4.1.25-8.1.src.rpm
checking for javac... javac
checking if javac works... configure: error: The Java compiler javac failed (see config.log, check the CLASSPATH?)


# locate db.jar

# export CLASSPATH=/usr/share/java


# rpmbuild --rebuild db4-4.1.25-8.1.src.rpm
(loops back to same error)

Additional info:

Comment 1 Paul Nasrat 2005-05-23 00:26:20 UTC
Have you tried with gcj and libgcj installed that provide the javac wrapper script?

Comment 2 Zenon Panoussis 2005-05-23 00:51:47 UTC
It's a full install, compiled from source and updated all the way up to db4-U5:

# rpm -qa |grep gcj

If what's needed to compile db4 is not there, then it's not part of the free (as
in "OSI-approved") RHEL source distribution. 

db4 is crucial to rpm and to the entire system, so it should not depend on
non-free packages. I'm still not sure it actually does, but if it does we'll
need a new bugzilla category "severity: political". 

Comment 3 Paul Nasrat 2005-05-23 01:19:12 UTC
checking for javac... javac
checking if javac works... yes
checking for jar... jar
checking for javac... /usr/bin/javac
checking absolute path of javac... /usr/bin/javac
checking symlink for /usr/bin/javac... /etc/alternatives/javac
checking symlink for /etc/alternatives/javac...

rpm -qf  /usr/share/java/

Comment 4 Paul Nasrat 2005-05-23 01:20:34 UTC
Can you check if your alternative setup is broken

which javac
ls -l /etc/alternatives/javac

Check rpm --scripts -q libgcj for what should be setup.

Comment 5 Zenon Panoussis 2005-05-23 19:41:46 UTC
Indeed, my java installation was not properly referenced. It also was 1.5, which
db4 doesn't agree with. 'rpm -hiv IBMJava2-SDK-1.4.2-1.0.i386.rpm; export
PATH=/opt/IBMJava2-142/bin:$PATH' got db4 to compile. 

The political issue remains though. Bugzilla is not the place to debate it, so I
would just like to suggest breaking out db4-java into a separate .src.rpm, so
that db4 itself can be compiled on a 100% free (speech and beer) system.

Comment 6 Paul Nasrat 2005-05-23 20:01:46 UTC
It builds with gcj which is Free Software, there is no
requirement for a JDK and it builds fine on a 100% free software install of
RHEL. Which means no political issue.  FSF is happy for gcj to be used.

Please remove the IBM JDK (you should build jpackage style packages besides and try building with the gcj wrapper
scripts. This is working fine for me.

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