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Got problem when trying to install JDK5.0 on linux

Nancy Zhang

Joined: Jan 07, 2005
Posts: 25
I downloaded JDK 5.0 update 1 linux self-extracting file: jdk-1_5_0_01-linux-i586.bin, and use chmod to make it executable. But after I run jdk-1_5_0_01-linux-i586.bin and say 'yes' to the license agreement question, I got the following error msg:
usage: tail [+/-[n][lbc][f]] [file]
tail [+/-[n][l][r|f]] [file]
jdk-1_5_0_01-linux-i586.bin: test: argument expected

I checked installation instructions from sun web site, and it doesn't mention anything about argument. Since it's my first time installing Java on linux platform, really don't know what else I should do to make the installation successful.

Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24189

The Sun installer is a shell script. It calls other programs, like "tail". Here the error message is coming from "tail" and tail is complaining.

The funny thing is that your "tail" error message doesn't look like GNU tail, but like a message from some other version. GNU tail usage messages look like:

Are you sure you're trying to install this on Linux, specifically, and not on BSD, Solaris, HP-UX, or some other version of UNIX? What does "uname -a" say?

I'm going to move this to our Linux forum for further discussion.

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