Java and Firefox 3.6

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Wed Mar 24 06:06:38 UTC 2010

On 03/24/2010 04:42 AM, Reinhold Rumberger wrote:
> On Wednesday 24 March 2010, Nigel Ridley wrote:
>> On 03/24/2010 01:30 AM, Steve Morris wrote:
>>> sudo update-alternatives --install
>>> /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
>>> /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/lib/i386/ 50
>> Just before I try what you mentioned, what is the '50' at the end
>> of the command? And could you explain the command a little...
> The 50 is rather easy: unless you specifically select an alternative,
> the one with the highest priority is chosen by the update-
> alternatives command. The 50 is the priority of the alternative that
> command installs. The rest of the command installs an alternative for
> "" pointing to "/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-
> sun/jre/lib/i386/". The first path is the path that will
> be linked to the alternative.
> For detailed info, see "man update-alternatives"
> It makes the whole trying-to-find-the-right-plugin thing a little
> less static and the program trying to find the plugin won't have to
> either know its location or search dozens of possible, distribution-
> dependant locations.
> It really is something an installer should do for you...
>    --Reinhold

Thanks for the explanation - I just tried it and it works! :-)



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