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Old 09-10-2003, 10:20 AM   #1
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java plugin, For the love of God PLEASE HELP!?!

Ok for starters I've been reading this board for several weeks and I also bought a RedHat 9 book that I have also read from cover to cover, so please don't flame me for wanting just the answers, but I'm at the end of my rope here.

For starters I have never dealt with an OS that makes me feel so stupid, I have my A+, MCP, and N+ and for the last 2 weeks since I started using linux I feel like I have the intelligence of my Grandmother!!

Thank you for letting me vent, now onto the problem.

I installed Mozilla Firebird and I've been trying to get the java plugin to work. Whenever the page gave me the plugin error it loaded a popup to install the java plgin 1.3 for Linux so I installed it and it said it was successful and to restart the browser, well to no avail I still cannot view java from the browser.

I also read several posts from a DrOzz??!? I think, anyway I installed it (JRE1.4.2) just like it said with no errors, but I still cannot get java to load in Firebird.

Please tell me again why I want to learn Linux?!?

Thanks for letting me ramble, I feel much better now!

Old 09-10-2003, 12:33 PM   #2
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i got a java scroller to work on firebird by making a symbolic link in the mozillafirebird plugins folder

as root

ln -s /path/to/ /path/to/mozillafirebird/plugins

i don't know if this will work for other java stuff
Old 09-10-2003, 12:54 PM   #3
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I actually tried that earlier. What I might do is blow away my multiple attempts of java and reinstall it with the symbolic link again. Thanks for the suggestion.

Anymore ideas.
Old 09-12-2003, 03:40 PM   #4
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wow, creating that symbolic link works for me :)


Many thanks for that post, I used the command (as root) :
(all on one line for folks unfamiliar with ln)

ln -s /usr/java/jre1.3.1_09/plugin/i386/ns600/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

And my RH9 / Mozilla now displays applets,

Thanks! John
Old 09-13-2003, 08:44 AM   #5
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Apart from the LINK stuff which is basic for get it working, take care of this:

For now (maybe it will change in a near future), the are TWO implementations of Java for linux:

One from SUN.

Depending on how your browser is compiled, you have to choose between one or the other, so finally you have to decide between:

- Sun JRE 1.3.1_01
- Blackdown JRE 1.3.1_01
- Sun JRE 1.4.1_01
- Blackdown JRE 1.4.1_01

Try the four of them, and see.


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