first off thank you for replying, now if i may buf you some more
all righty, i found the file etc/profile. and true to your word there is a path statement:
export PATH USER LOGNAME MAIL HOSTNAME HISTSIZE INPUTRC
now to add the path to java/bin do i just modify the line to read:
export PATH:/usr/java/j2sdk1.4.2/bin USER LOGNAME MAIL HOSTNAME HISTSIZE INPUTRC
or do i add the line: PATH = $PATH:/usr/java/j2sdk1.4.2/bin before the export PATH statement?
and for the JAVA_HOME statement, does it matter where i add the 2 lines? should it be before the export PATH statement? i hope i'm not being frustrating, and i know i'm asking you to "hold my hand" it's just i'm deathly afraid of totally crashing my system and i'm not to keen on messing with things i don't understand completely
all thought i have to commend you on your response, thank you for explaining everything clearly. thank you for your time! - me
*as a response to the other reply, no i'm not using java to view web pages. i want to run Test Pilot which is a piece of software that allows people to log into my website and take a test. i need java to start the test pilot.