Question

Java install fails - missing java-common

  • Posted April 14, 2022
  • Java

When I tries to install openjdk-17-jre-headless, I got:

root@dewdrop:~# apt install openjdk-17-jre-headless
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 openjdk-17-jre-headless : Depends: ca-certificates-java (>= 20190405~) but it is not installable
                           Depends: java-common (>= 0.28) but it is not installable
                           Depends: libnss3 (>= 2:3.17.1) but it is not going to be installed
                           Depends: libpcsclite1 (>= 1.3.0) but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

Any suggestions?

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Hi @rossboulet,

This should not happen in normal usage, have you installed something previously? Try to remove the packages that you have as dependence, update the system and try again.

Additionally, make sure you have the proper repository to install them from.

One last suggestion, create a snapshot before actually running the commands (removing packages).

Hi @rossboulet,

Sometimes, depending on SO, OpenJDK JRE 17 can show incompatibility issues, especially with dependencies.

Alternatively, you can try with:

$ sudo apt install default-jre

To check if OpenJDK JRE was properly installed:

$ java -version

Another option would be to try with Oracle OpenJDK JRE 17, check out this link.

Hope helps you - Sergio Turpín

Better formatting of the error messages here:

root@dewdrop:~# apt install openjdk-17-jre-headless
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 openjdk-17-jre-headless : Depends: ca-certificates-java (>= 20190405~) but it is not installable
                           Depends: java-common (>= 0.28) but it is not installable
                           Depends: libnss3 (>= 2:3.17.1) but it is not going to be installed
                           Depends: libpcsclite1 (>= 1.3.0) but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.