[Debichem-devel] Bug#698394: Jmol binary does not depend on a Java runtime (patch included)

Hans Joachim Desserud debian at desserud.org
Thu Jan 17 22:05:54 UTC 2013

Package: jmol
Version: 12.2.32+dfsg2-1
Severity: normal
Tags: patch

Dear Maintainer,
Looking at the package jmol [1], I noticed it doesn't depend on a Java runtime.
This means that if a user installs it on a system where Java has not
been installed previously, the program will not be able to run. Jmol-applet [2]
on the other hand, depends on a Java runtime and will ensure the necessary
dependencies are in place to run it.

(I also skimmed the Debian Policy for Java and it states that programs must
depend on the needed runtime [3])

I have attached a small patch which will add the runtime as a dependency for
the jmol binary.

[1] http://packages.debian.org/sid/jmol
[2] http://packages.debian.org/sid/jmol-applet
[3] http://www.debian.org/doc/packaging-manuals/java-policy/x85.html

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 7.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages jmol depends on:
ii  libjmol-java  12.2.32+dfsg2-1

jmol recommends no packages.

jmol suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

mvh / best regards
Hans Joachim
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