Abdulrahman Alshammari a.turqi at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 31 09:33:58 PDT 2016

Thanks for discussing this issue. It is true that there is a Java as a category, but I am almost sure that this check is not available there. I guess the best choice is to run a script and let the user to download the appropriate JDK.
> On Mar 31, 2016, at 12:24 PM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at macports.org> wrote:
> On Mar 31, 2016, at 10:54 AM, Chris Jones wrote:
>> On 31/03/16 16:50, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> On Mar 31, 2016, at 10:47 AM, Abdulrahman Alshammari wrote:
>>>> On Mar 31, 2016, at 11:26 AM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>>>> On Mar 31, 2016, at 10:00 AM, Abdulrahman Alshammari wrote:
>>>>>> Someone told me that I can download JDk from macports. However, I could not find the any port belong to this. What I need is to update my JDK version without going to Oracle website.
>>>>> I'm not aware of a port that provides the JDK. Why don't you want to download it from Oracle?
>>>> Because I want to make it as a dependency for other software. Is there any way. I remember your suggestion about jdk checker, but it will be better if I can download it.
>>> Hmm. We have a port for oracle-instantclient, but we are not able to download its distfiles automatically due to restrictions imposed by the Oracle web site; they require agreeing to a license agreement first. So installing that port is somewhat inconvenient for users. I don't know if the JDK has similar restrictions. In any case, the JDK probably needs to install into system locations, so it would not be suitable for installing via a port. I think we just expect the user to install the JDK manually. The JDK used to be part of OS X, so it was a non-issue, and we haven't really developed a better strategy now that JDK is separate.
>> I think given the nature of the JDK is really is not something we want macports installing automatically for a user. I for one would want to be made very aware when its required. So I think really the right thing to do here is to just check if it is available, and if not issue a message to the user telling them what to do to install it themselves (at which point they can decide if they really want the port that requires it...).
> Since there's likely more than one port needing this kind of check, it would make sense to abstract it out into a portgroup. We already have a java portgroup. I'm not entirely clear on how it's used, but maybe it makes sense to add this check to that portgroup.
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