Major Java Errors (Very Odd)

Derek Broughton news at
Fri Feb 15 20:06:46 UTC 2008

Chris Miller wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 8:15 AM, Richard <cms0009 at> wrote:

>>  WOW, it would appear most of the JAVA is in the "/usr/lib/jvm" , then
>>  /usr, then /etc/java-6/
>>  Q. Since this machine is my desktop machine, which is running the same
>>  java6 install, as my laptop... and both have the SAME PATH=, for Java...
>>  and my Desktop is working FINE, then what gives ? it does not make
>>  since..
> there's some nonsense with /etc/alternatives that you need to set
> then...  I can't remember what.

Hardly nonsense, and it's update-java-alternatives.
>>  So, it can't be the PATH=, problem, something is not install correctly
>>  with JAVA on the Notebook, would appear to be the correct answer...
>>  But, I don't know how to find the item or items that are having a
>>  problem.
>>  Some have mention to remove that java and install java 7
> I wouldn't suggest that.  Only do that if you're a developer and
> trying to make JDK7 compliant stuff.

Yeah, after I installed Java 6, I discovered I had to install Java 5 because
so many apps refused to run on Java 6 (Java programmers seem to have a bad
habit of checking for _specific_ versions, instead of >= versionN).  I
won't make that mistake with Java 7.

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