I already have Java 1.6, but I need to test something with 1.5.

I have downloaded the .bin file from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index_jdk5.jsp using the Sun Download Manager.

Now I want to create a deb file from this bin file:

$ fakeroot make-jpkg java_ee_sdk-5_01-linux.bin
Creating temporary directory: /tmp/make-jpkg.Zpm1Y7LbZ0
Loading plugins: blackdown-j2re.sh blackdown-j2sdk.sh common.sh ibm-j2re.sh ibm-j2sdk.sh j2re.sh j2sdk-doc.sh j2sdk.sh j2se.sh sun-j2re.sh sun-j2sdk-doc.sh sun-j2sdk.sh

Detected Debian build architecture: i386
Detected Debian GNU type: i486-linux-gnu

No matching plugin was found.
Removing temporary directory: done

How can I fix the "No matching plugin was found." error?


I downloaded jdk-1_5_0_22-linux-amd64.bin from the archive page and ran Linux installer.

It works fine.

  • What are you wanting to test?
    – Hugh Allen
    Apr 22, 2010 at 12:29
  • I'm experiencing this error: stackoverflow.com/questions/2689691/…. I wanted to try it out on an older Java version. Apr 22, 2010 at 12:41
  • Why don't you use the java5 packages available for Ubuntu?
    – goedson
    Apr 22, 2010 at 15:32
  • 1
    This issue with adding Java 5 to more recent versions of Ubuntu is a problem for those of us who want to contribute to the Android source code (source.android.com/source/download.html). Android source can't use Java 6 "because of incompatibilities with @Override"
    – shambleh
    Dec 22, 2010 at 14:02

3 Answers 3


If you are using Ubuntu version 9.04 or earlier, you can install the sun-java5-jdk package.

apt-get install sun-java5-jdk

If you are using version 9.10 or later you may be out of luck as the package is no longer supported. You could install Ubuntu 9.04 in a virtual machine or try a workaround in one of the solutions here.


Simply executing the .bin file and updating your JAVA_HOME and PATH variables might work, depending on how your application accesses Java. You might also need to update the java, javac, etc. symlinks in /usr/bin/ if your application uses them directly.

  • @Downvoter: Care to comment?
    – Hippo
    Sep 25, 2011 at 14:04

I suggest to add hardy-update repository and install package sun-java5-jre. Here are instructions.

Don't do any upgrades. Disable that repository after you install sun-java5-jre.

Note, that this package is in both hardy and hardy-updates repositories, but you want the one from hardy-updates (it has important fixes).

Also note, that hardy (server) release is the only still supported release which has java5 package.

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