18 November 2004
Alex Malinovich enlightened us in an email on the debian-user mailing list as to building your own nice .deb files from Sun's official J2SDK .bin files. I'd like to note the steps here for my own and other's benefit.
Here are the steps:
apt-get install java-package fakeroot
fakeroot make-jpkg <downloaded.bin>
apt-get install sun-<whatever version>debian
dpkg -i <new j2sdk>.deb
I saw a couple errors doing it, but no show-stoppers, and it did, in the end, produce a working deb file which I installed.