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Old 09-07-2004, 10:17 PM   #1
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Cannot get Mozilla to recognize Java plugin

Hello Everyone,

I have been wrestling with this problem off and on for a year now, and still feel no closer to the solution. I am running Red Hat 9. I am using Java version j2sdk1.4.2_01 and have version "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20030225" of Mozilla.

A lot of searches have told me to create a symbolic link in the plugins directory of mozilla.
I have done that this way.

cd to /home/licher/.mozilla/plugins
ln -s /usr/java/j2sdk1.4.2_01/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32/

This creates a symbolic link in the plugins folder and it shows up when I do an ls -l
[licher@localhost plugins]$ ls -l
total 2060
-rwxr-xr-x 1 licher licher 856 Sep 7 17:45 flashplayer.xpt
-rwxr-xr-x 1 licher licher 2096844 Sep 7 17:45
lrwxrwxrwx 1 licher licher 68 Sep 7 18:17 ->

However, nothing happens when I try to load an applet from my hard drive or from the web. I just keep getting the error saying "This page contains information of a type (application/x-java-vm) that can only be viewed with the appropriate plugin."

I have also tried going into Edit -> Preferences -> Helper Applications and creating a new file type with MIME type application/x-java-vm extension .class and handled by

Still Nothing

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong or not doing?

Thank you
Old 09-08-2004, 02:23 AM   #2
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please create those links under


You will need to be root to do that.

You can check whether the plugins have been recognized from Help/About Plugins (on the Mozilla browser)

Last edited by ppuru; 09-08-2004 at 02:24 AM.
Old 09-09-2004, 02:11 PM   #3
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I don't have a mozilla-1. 7 directory in my /usr/lib, however I did find a /usr/lib/mozilla-1.2.1 directory, so i tried making a symbolic link there, however, Mozilla still does not recognize java applets.

[root@localhost plugins]# ls -l
total 24
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 72 Sep 9 11:20 ->
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 18744 Feb 25 2003

Do you have any other suggestions?



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