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Old 01-22-2004, 08:58 AM   #1
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Help. Dumb down Java install

Welp. I don't get it. I have read so many different tutorials and walk throughs on how to install Java VM.

The installation goes well. However, I need help finding how to do the "sim link?" so Java knows what folder to point to.

I am running slackware and am somewhat new to Linux. Please Dumb this down a bit. This is the only application I have had trouble installing since day one. Advice?


Old 01-22-2004, 09:56 AM   #2
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A "symlink", or symbolic link, is created using the ln command with the -s (for symbolic) switch. There are several different ways of actually using the command, but I recommend cd'ing to the directory where you want the link located, and then create the link with the command ln -s <location we want to link to> .
The dot means "current directory", so the command above basically means "create a link named like the file or directory we're linking to in this directory".

So, for a real-world test: cd to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins, and if the plugin file is in /usr/local/java/j2sdk-1.4.2_03/jre/plugin/ns610-gcc32 then type ln -s /usr/local/java/j2sdk-1.4.2_03/jre/plugin/ns610-gcc32 .
It's that simple. Make sure that you're linking to the correct file - I made up the location above so you may have better luck if you thoroughly research where the file is first.

Old 01-22-2004, 01:25 PM   #3
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go to this link:

it's on the sun website and explains how to create the necessary symbolic link.
Old 01-22-2004, 11:37 PM   #4
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