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a note about Java and OS X 10.6

by Rob Friesel

Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) is here, and that’s plenty exciting. All the refinements–in the UI and under the good–are getting their due play 1. One of those refinements: all of Java’s roads lead to 64-bit Java SE 6 2.

If you’re not panicking (or at least a little alarmed) then don’t bother reading onward.

If (however) you’re asking about giving priority to the 32-bit version and/or if you’re looking for J2SE 5.0, you may find this article on the OneSwarm wiki to be helpful.

  1. If all you need to do is give priority to the 32-bit mode, try launching the Java Preferences app (in /Applications/Utilities) and re-ordering the preferred modes.
  2. If you need J2SE 5.0, try downloading and untarring the 1.5 version that shipped with Leopard (OS X 10.5).  The instructions from OneSwarm:

  3. And if all else fails, don’t forget to check where your ${JAVA_HOME} is pointed.
  1. Either in the marketing literature or in blog posts circulating “discovered” improvements.[]
  2. Which is to say, when you see 1.5.0 in /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions, you’re just seeing a symlink to 1.6.0.[]

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day. Science fiction writer by night. Weekend homebrewer, beer educator at Black Flannel, and Certified Cicerone. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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