Freenet Installation and Administration
Properly set up, a Freenet node shouldn't need any ongoing administration. However, there are a few automatable tasks that need to be done. First of all, the log files need to be rotated. Secondly, you'll want to restart the Freenet software periodically. Currently the disk (and I believe memory) usage of Freenet tends to balloon unless you restart your node periodically. Both rotating the log files, which requires restarting the node anyway, and restarting the node can be easily done with the script restart_script (shown in Listing 1). For your average node, restarting once a week should be fine.
IBM's JDK is probably the easiest JDK to install. It's precompiled and works, plus it's one of the faster JDKs out there. On the downside it's proprietary and requires registration to download. Both tarball and Red Hat RPMs are available at: www.ibm.com/java/jdk/linux130/index.html.
Kaffe, the OpenSource JDK, is another, more difficult option. You will have to compile in gmp support, something most distributions don't do in their Kaffe packages. A Debian package for Kaffe with gmp support is available from Mr. Bad's site, above. Otherwise, compile from anonymous CVS or a source package to which you apply the patch found in the Freenet README. Make sure you enable gmp support with the --enable-gmp option when you run ./configure.
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