Bug 809 : jikes not available for eee pc
Last modified: 2008-06-07 09:21



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Description:   Opened: 2008-06-05 10:53
I get the errors pasted below when trying to run the processing executable
from shell.

I sm using an EeePC 900 Linux version. The OS is Xandros etch.
It appears that the version of Jikes distributed with Processing
cannot properly run on this system.

Possible solutions:

+ If you already have Jikes installed on your system, you may
just need to remove the version that is included with Processing.

+ You probably just need to track down a version of Jikes that will
work with your distribution.

+ You may need to install the rpm/package for compat-libstdc++
This is what it takes to get things running on most versions
of RedHat Linux or Fedora Core.

+ If all else fails, or if you just like building stuff yourself,
you can download the source for Jikes from SourceForge:
And it just takes a simple ./configure and make, followed by
copying src/jikes to the processing-XXXX folder and you should
be all set.

If you get stuck, ask questions online from the helpful folks via
the Processing discussion board: http://processing.org/discourse/

Good luck!
Millie Niss
Additional Comment #1 From mniss 2008-06-05 10:55
I think actually have revision 0139. The install makes a directory called
processing-0135 but the release notes refer to 0139. Sorry!

Additional Comment #2 From fry 2008-06-05 11:02
so did you follow the instructions it gave you?
Additional Comment #3 From mniss 2008-06-05 11:46
I didn't already have jikes.

I am not using a fedora- or redhat- descended linux, so I thought the
suggestion about libstdc++ wasn't applicable...

I just got my first linux computer (the eee which is a umpc) this week.
Years ago (1994 and I have been using windows since then), I was a unix
sysadmin but my skills are so rusty and outdated that I doubt I would be
able to compile stuff now. Also, I may not even have the gnu compilers on
this computer (yet).

Processing wokrs fine on my vista laptop btw. I just read the
"Visualizing Data" book and am eager to try stuff but not on Windows.
Additional Comment #4 From fry 2008-06-05 16:42
got it.. was confused since this isn't really a bug--it's doing exactly
what it's supposed to (telling you how to fix the situation). ;)

at any rate, perhaps go digging for a binary that works, though i'm
surprised that it didn't work out of the box for you. barring that, release
0140 will be jikes-free (to prevent situations like this) and that should
be arriving.. early next week?
Additional Comment #5 From mniss 2008-06-06 07:00
Thanks. I guess I'll wait until next week probably. My Windows Vista
machine had a RAID disk failure after I posted the bug, so I now have more
urgent computer worries.... Vista is awful, but it did cause me to have a
lot of fun with my new linux machine that I bought because Vista and PCs in
general made me so mad:-)

I also don't know what kind of jikes binary to look for. (Will it just be
any binary that claims to be for win32/intel/linux or does the specific
version of the OS matter?)

I am amazed at how fast you responded...


P.S. Congrats on creating Processing! I do a lot of multimedia art using
Flash and it seems Processing will serve many of the same needs except that
there aren't built in UI widgets or sprites (like Flash movie clips which
animate independently of what is underneath them without the programmer
having to worry about redrawing background and managing zsorting etc.) But
I bet people have already made libraries for both these things.
Additional Comment #6 From fry 2008-06-07 09:21
yeah, i'd imagine it's just a general build issue for jikes... looks like
the 900 is just a celeron so it shouldn't be a binary problem. but getting
the dev tools on there is gonna be.. tight.

and thanks for the kind words, hope you enjoy the vida book :)