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MAKE-JPKG(1) General Commands Manual MAKE-JPKG(1)


make-jpkg - builds Debian packages from Java binary distributions


make-jpkg [OPTION]... [FILE]


make-jpkg builds a Debian package from the given Java distribution FILE.

Supported java binary distributions currently include: * Oracle ( : - The Java Development Kit (JDK), version 6, 7 and 8 - The Java Runtime Environment (JRE), version 6, 7 and 8 - The Java API Javadoc, version 6, 7 and 8 (Choose tar.gz archives or self-extracting archives, do _not_ choose the RPM!)

The following options are recognized:

--full-name NAME
full name used in the maintainer field of the package
--email EMAIL
email address used in the maintainer field of the package
--distribution DISTRIBUTION
distribution to use in the debian changelog for the resulting package
--priority PRIORITY
numeric priority for use by update-alternatives. This overrides the default priority, which is intentionally lower than that of the Debian-provided OpenJDK packages. Only use this option if the generated package should be considered higher priority by update-alternatives.
create a .changes file
add debian revision
build a source package instead of a binary deb package
Replace the JVMs keystore with a softlink to the system's keystore, (/etc/ssl/certs/java/cacerts) which is managed automatically by the ca-certificates and ca-certificates-java packages.
--jce-policy JCE_POLICY_FILE
Replace cryptography files with versions from the specified JCE_POLICY_FILE.
display help text and exit
output version information and exit

Download a supported JRE, JDK, API tar.gz or self-extracting archive from and execute make-jpkg file with the downloaded file. The program asks the user for additional information and builds a Debian binary package in the current directory.

The program requires about 400 MB free disk space in a temporary directory. The temporary directory defaults to /tmp but you can specify an alternate directory by setting the environment variable TMPDIR.


To install Oracle(TM) 8 Standard Edition JDK, download a release from and invoke make-jpkg, for example:
make-jpkg <path_to_download_directory>/jdk-8u102-linux-x64.tar.gz

This generate a Debian package in the current directory, that can be installed using dpkg:

dpkg -i oracle-java8-jdk_8u102_amd64.deb

When you're done, you can delete initial download as well as generated package:

rm <path_to_download_directory>/jdk-8u102-linux-x64.tar.gz oracle-java8-jdk_8u102_amd64.deb


base directory used for temporary files (defaults to /tmp)
full name used in the maintainer field of the package; if none is supplied then the default of "Debian Java Maintainers" is used.
email address used in the maintainer field of the package; if none is supplied the default of "" is used.




This manual page was written by Hubert Schmid <>.

It is now maintained by the Debian Java Maintainers <>.

September 10, 2016