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I would like the linux (Ubuntu) version of jdk 6 update 17 (which I think is one version behind the current one), can apt-get request such a specific package?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

You want:

apt-get install package=version
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You might also want to add something like this to your /etc/apt/preferences file, so that it won't just get upgraded again next time you run apt-get upgrade:

Package: sun-java6-jdk
Pin: version 6-17-*
Pin-Priority: 1001
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