Package Details: minecraft-launcher 2.1.5965-1

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Package Base: minecraft-launcher
Description: Official Minecraft Launcher
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Keywords: game minecraft
Licenses: All Rights Reserved
Conflicts: minecraft-launcher-beta
Provides: minecraft-launcher-beta
Submitter: shoghicp
Maintainer: petr
Last Packager: petr
Votes: 111
Popularity: 15.704821
First Submitted: 2017-01-18 14:17
Last Updated: 2019-07-23 12:40

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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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Wascar commented on 2018-05-15 20:17

@bda Done

bda commented on 2018-05-15 08:59

hi, libxss is needed as dependancy: ./launcher: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

mattsturgeon commented on 2018-05-04 16:36

I suspect the underlying problem is that Mojang update their "staging" tar, but do not create versioned release archives. Therefore this package is stuck on the latest (broken) release 2.0.579, while Minecraft_staging.tar.gz stays updated and keeps working.

IMO Mojang need to improve the way they handle this, preferably by creating more releases and keeping this package in sync with them. Otherwise we are forced to use packages such as minecraft-launcher-tar that try to keep in sync with the (fully functional) staging build.

koyuawsmbrtn commented on 2018-05-04 16:06

@SuperGeniusZeb I added gconf to the dependencies and updated Minecraft to the latest version. Thank you :)

SteelTitanium commented on 2018-05-04 15:37

It's impossible to run this because it depends on a old version of icu.

Noahkiq commented on 2018-04-15 23:38

It's been over a year since the initial linux beta release, and almost half a year since the last update. Any news on an official release?

Zebulan commented on 2018-02-24 20:16

I tried to run this on a fresh Antergos installation and I got this error:

"./launcher: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"

This file, which should be located at "/usr/lib/", is provided by the gconf package, which is not listed as a dependency of this package.

Simply add the gconf package as a dependency and that should fix the problem.

koyuawsmbrtn commented on 2018-02-24 09:10

@Leafeon thank you, I added it :)

Leafeon commented on 2018-02-24 07:08

Please dont force installation of java 8, Minecraft runs very well with java 9 by removing "-XX:+CMSIncrementalMode" from profile startup arguments.

Set it to java-runtime>=8 and leave a comment telling java 9 users about the startup argument.

koyuawsmbrtn commented on 2017-11-18 22:35

@brandon-schumann oh, yes. thank you. never noticed, that this is used by the feature. i'll do it in the next release of this package (would be propably on monday). it's making the package more accessible of course :)