[Bug 387] New: circular dependencies for install of Gentoo ARM5

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Sat Oct 3 10:35:48 PDT 2009


           Summary: circular dependencies for install of Gentoo ARM5
           Product: IcedTea
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: IcedTea
        AssignedTo: unassigned at icedtea.classpath.org
        ReportedBy: jlpoole at pon.net

I want to install the open source Google Wave Federation Prototype Server
("Prototype Server") on a SheevaPlug (ARMv5 platform) running Gentoo (


Here's the problem I run into:  
I need a Java Development Kit (JDK) version 1.6.  Gentoo does not support Java
on the ARM platform at this time, at least using there emerge system.  Yet, in
the SheevaPlug forum, some people mention that they have installed a JDK on the
SheevaPlug, presumably using the Ubuntun system that ships with the Plug. 
Therefore, I'm concluding that the operating system, e.g. Gentoo vs. Ubuntu, is
determinative of whether a JDK can run and the problem is not with the
processor architecture, e.g. ARM5.  The Gentoo emerge system appears to be
designed around some sort of slot system, developed by the Java team. 
Basically, they currently do not support a Java slot on the ARM architecture. 
My attempts to emerge java based items is quickly blocked by the lack of a
configuration file for the ARM5 platform in the java-configuration package. 
But that shouldn't mean that a JDK cannot be installed.

So I thought I would try installing icedtea. Here's the Catch-22 I run into:

cd icedtea6-1.6
        checking for ant... no
        configure: error: ant program not found in PATH

It looks like the icedtea configuration scripts requires ANT.  However, ANT
requires JAVA and thus there appears to be a circular dependency.

I must be missing something.

How may I install icedtea without having ANT or other java-dependencies?

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