Sunday, October 22, 2006

SunJava Snuck Out Another Update

Sun Java did it again. They snuck out another update, but this time they didn't change the update number, only the build.

From the Release Notes:
"Special Note

This update was originally released as 1.5.0_09-b01. After that release, it became necessary to provide an additional bug fix immediately. In order to simplify deployment, 1.5.0_09-b01 was replaced with 1.5.0_09-b03. This new release contains all the bug fixes contained in the old release, in addition to the new bug fix."

So, what's the big deal, you ask? The deal is that the internal build information is not displayed in logs. Considering that fixing a bug justified a new build how are we to determine which build users have installed and advise appropriate action, particularly when Sun advises:
"Please do make sure to remove the outdated build as soon as you are satisfied the updated build is working as expected."
Taking it a step further, unless the prior Version 9, Build 01 is uninstalled prior to attempting to installation of Build 03, the installer will abort because the Version numbers are the same. Why is it so difficult to change the version number and identify which bug was fixed in the new Build?

The instructions in "SunFlowers and SunJava Update" have been updated to reflect the need to uninstall Version 9, Build 01 prior to update to Build 03.

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