Hopefully, this will help clear things up some...
Originally Posted by CS_Student_DrewU
I have found a text file in /etc/java
it is named java.conf
Should i try changing #JAVA_HOME= to where a file called java is in my new install. it is an executable file called java. so i would try this but dont want to cause any damage to the computer?? could use someone to tell me i am trying the correct thing.
so the line would read:
The hash mark (#) at the start of the line means it's a comment, so it doesn't really matter what you set it to. Generally speaking, if you installed java so it's in /var/jre1.6.0_02 (with bin underneath that directory) then you would want to set JAVA_HOME to /var/jre1.6.0_02. If you type
you should get a listing of the 40-some files in /var/jre1.6.0_02/bin (which is what $JAVA_HOME/bin expands to).
It sounds like your problem is directly related to the fact that you're trying to use something that doesn't exist; Sun's Java doesn't currently have a plugin.
You said the how-to that someone else pointed you to was over your head; all it was saying, pretty much, is that - on a platform where a plugin is part of the JRE or the JDK - you would figure out where the java plugin was create a symbolic link from your browser's "plugins" dir to it. This generally works:
$ cd $JAVA_HOME
$ find . -name "libjavaplugin*oji.so"
Of the two listed, the plugin I want is the first (my gcc's newer than 2.9). Next, figure out where your browser's plugins directory is; some use /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins for everything, some (like firefox) use /usr/lib/usr/lib/firefox-2.0.0.x where x is the minor version number like 6, 7 or 8. Assuming that yours uses /usr/lib/firefox-220.127.116.11/plugins, you would:
$ cd /usr/lib/firefox-18.104.22.168/plugins
$ ln -s $JAVA_HOME/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so .
That should do it. Exit ALL browser and email windows (if you're not sure if it's related, close it) and, when you start your browser back up, you should have java support.
With some plugins, under some circumstances, in order to get the browser to figure out that you installed something, you have to find and delete all instances of xpti.dat, pluginreg.dat, and compreg.dat. I would make sure everything else is correct before going that route; it can end up taking a while and making for a lot of work, especially if that's not really the problem.
what does the dollar symbol mean in linux?
It depends on the shell you're using. In the BASH shell, it means you want the value of a variable (eg., if the variable is PATH, then $PATH means "the value of PATH").
Then you're not going to get Sun's Java Plugin to work with Linux; they don't yet supply a 64-bit browser plugin. If you need the full JDK then you might want to grab Blackdown's JDK package; it's a bit dated (1.4.2) but still runs the bulk of what's out there. In my experience, it's been very stable (at least, if you choose an O/S that it works well with). Check out this link: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...plugin-582133/
If it's just the browser plugin you're after, or if you want / need both, you might consider getting them from different sources. Kaffeine (the browser) seems to work well; the GCJ web plugin has virtually no security features implemented yet. So, you might consider using GNU Classpath for development, etc. but something else for browsing.
Or, you might want to consider taking the Eclipse route (www.eclipse.org);
if you're using Fedora or Debian etc. there should be ready-built packages with the Java SDK and a pretty snazzy IDE. And an optional plugin; you'll want to verify this, but I believe they're (Eclipse) shipping a beta-quality browser plugin.
One final thought - one of the biggest areas where FOSS is lagging is documentation, partiuclarly documentation for new users. If you can somehow manage to get a system up and running with, say, Sun's Java, and at the same time, set up an open source development system, I would think that you would have a uniquely advantageous perspective from which to write some of the documentation for that system, and for users new to it. Maybe pick a project and get in touch w someone there regarding what you're considering doing.
Good luck; I hope this helps.