I love pdftk in Hardy http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/pdftk.html but in Karmic 9.10 it is a large 60+MB download due to the openjdk dependency. I don't need openjdk as I have the latest sun-java-jre (_17). Unfortunately the developers are not going to ever update the old and unpatched sun-java6-jre (_15) inthe repo. and, as far as I know, as from this Karmic release and in the future ONLY openjdk will be available. As pdftk now depends on openjdk I suppose I could not simply remove openjdk and get pdftk to use sun-java instead. BTW. Same situation with bootchart in Karmic. There were problems in the past with openjdk and the advice was 'always use Sun's java' If anyone has 100% success with openjdk please tell. An alternative that I could use instead of pdftk is pdfsam which has a GUI and can be used for merging and splitting pdf's.