JRE RPM Installation for Linux (32-bit)

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Installation Instructions

This procedure installs the Java SE Runtime Environment for 32-bit Linux, using an RPM binary bundle. Some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, are not RPM-based. In that event, please see the self extracting installation page.

The name of the downloaded file has the following format:


To install, download this file and use the following instructions:

  1. Download and check the file size.
  2. You can download to any directory that you can write to.

  3. Become root by running the su command and entering the root password.
  4. Extract and install the contents of the downloaded file.
  5. Change directory to where the downloaded file is located and run these commands to first set the executable permissions and then run the binary to extract and run the RPM file:

                      % chmod a+x jre-6u                    <version>-linux-i586-rpm.bin % ./jre-6u                    <version>-linux-i586-rpm.bin                 

    Note that the initial " ./" is required if you do not have " ." in your PATH environment variable.

    The script displays a binary license agreement, which you are asked to agree to before installation can proceed. Once you have agreed to the license, the install script creates and runs the file jre-6u <version>-linux-i586.rpm in the current directory.

    NOTE: If you want to only extract the RPM file but not install it, you can run the .bin file with the -x argument. You do not need to be root to do this.

  6. Delete the rpm file if you want to save disk space.
  7. Exit the root shell.
  8. If you want to use Java within the browser, setup the plugin using the instructions in Manual Plugin Installation for Linux.
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