Package Details: minecraft-launcher 2.1.1431-2

Git Clone URL: https://aur.archlinux.org/minecraft-launcher.git (read-only)
Package Base: minecraft-launcher
Description: Official Minecraft Launcher
Upstream URL: https://mojang.com/
Keywords: game minecraft
Licenses: All Rights Reserved
Submitter: shoghicp
Maintainer: petr
Last Packager: petr
Votes: 67
Popularity: 6.148251
First Submitted: 2017-01-18 14:17
Last Updated: 2018-12-07 09:30

Pinned Comments

petr commented on 2018-12-20 09:56

The java version is ... problematic. The current version of the base game will work with any Java version. So will some of the very old game versions that do not use launchwrapper.

Java 8 is required for all legacy versions, and all modded versions of the game (except for some experimental builds of Forge for 1.13). It makes sense to require it, because easily, 99% of the various ways to play the game DO require it. Roughly half of the players play modded regularly.

Fixing the old and modded versions is a non-trivial (almost intractable) task. Fixing Java would require forking it and maintaining the fork. Java runtimes of different versions are installable side-by-side. The launcher needing 'a java 8 runtime' should not prevent you from installing and using a different one.

If you have any suggestions about how to improve this situation, I'm all ears. However, using Java 9+ by default would introduce major issues.

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mattsturgeon commented on 2019-02-06 20:19

@jpegxguy that's answered in the pinned message. JRE 1.8 (java-runtime=8) is required for anything using legacy launcher (aka launch wrapper), which is almost all mods and also legacy versions of the game.

Newer JRE versions break stuff that legacy launcher depends on (ABIs).

He did note that there is nothing to stop you having JRE 1.8 in addition to other java versions since they do not conflict.

jpegxguy commented on 2019-02-06 19:19

@petr Why not java-runtime>=8 ?

Thaodan commented on 2019-01-19 17:11

Any reason installing it into opt? Also the launcher doesn't scales on highdpi.

petr commented on 2018-12-20 09:56

The java version is ... problematic. The current version of the base game will work with any Java version. So will some of the very old game versions that do not use launchwrapper.

Java 8 is required for all legacy versions, and all modded versions of the game (except for some experimental builds of Forge for 1.13). It makes sense to require it, because easily, 99% of the various ways to play the game DO require it. Roughly half of the players play modded regularly.

Fixing the old and modded versions is a non-trivial (almost intractable) task. Fixing Java would require forking it and maintaining the fork. Java runtimes of different versions are installable side-by-side. The launcher needing 'a java 8 runtime' should not prevent you from installing and using a different one.

If you have any suggestions about how to improve this situation, I'm all ears. However, using Java 9+ by default would introduce major issues.

Noahkiq commented on 2018-12-17 22:09

@TheAifam5 "Some form of Java runtime 8 is a dependency and will remain so until the issues caused by ABI breaks in later versions are resolved in one way or another."

TheAifam5 commented on 2018-12-17 22:02

@petr Please, don't force to use specific version of Java. I'm actually thinking to create a fork of this package, to support newer Java version.

petr commented on 2018-12-07 12:16

Done :)

thisischrys commented on 2018-12-06 14:25

Please add flite as an optional dependency (for the narrator)

petr commented on 2018-11-07 12:03

gconf is a dependency, CEF directly depends on gconf symbols. This is not changing any time soon.

Some form of Java runtime 8 is a dependency and will remain so until the issues caused by ABI breaks in later versions are resolved in one way or another.

This package is fully up-to-date.

jadenPete commented on 2018-09-10 21:57

Can't we eliminate gconf and other dependencies?