I would like to use some Java applications on Ubuntu that are packaged as .debs and hold java-common & friends as a dependency.
However, I do not wish to use the JVM that is packaged with Ubuntu or Debian; I would like to use Sun/Oracle's, and have downloaded and installed the raw tarball elsewhere on the system already.
The problem is that if I force-install these packages without dependencies, i.e.
dpkg --force-all -i, it breaks my APT package repository such that any new package installation will prompt me to resolve those dependencies (i.e.
apt-get -f install).
Is there any way I can tell APT to permanently ignore dependencies for a given package?