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Java Plugin on Red Hat Enterprise 5.5

I wonder if there’s any motives for Oracle to make it difficult for things to work with other vendors. I was installing Java on a new Red Hat Enterprise machine today. Certain apps required Java Webstart. So, as usual I downloaded the JRE from http://www.java.com. Ran the .bin file which in turn ran the RPM to install the java files. Then I did a symbolic link from /usr/java/jdk1.6.0_22/jre/lib/amd64/libjavaplugin_jni.so to ~/.mozilla/plugins/. Sounds right so far?

Well, I thought I was right. Restarted Firefox and nope, Firefox didn’t register the plugin. I went back to java.com and searched for the documentation. There’s no clear instructions there on the installation of the plugin. There I was, stuck. No choice, gotta fall back onto Google. Unfortunately, I wasted quite abit of time searching on the wrong keywords, libjava firefox plugin, because I wanted specific results.

Eventually, I broadened the search, for java firefox plugin and found the link below.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/manual-plugin-install-linux-136395.html

It’s hidden somewhere on Oracle’s website! The new java plugin file is libnpjp2.so. So the usual drill, symlink this file to ~/.mozilla/plugins and Firefox finally registered the plugin.

I tried this search on Google, site:www.java.com libnpjp2.so. and there’s zero results returned. It’s intriguing why Oracle didn’t document this part properly. I guess things get lost along the line when the company grows too big. It’s irritating when I have to waste time searching for this kind of information which was supposed be at my finger tips.

Author: yibi

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