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10.4: About the Java SE 5.0 Release 3 update
Authored by: ploiku on Nov 16, '05 05:22:43PM

Installing this update, without any other changes, will allow you to run applications that require Java 1.5. It does not change what version of Java most applications or applets will use (typically 1.4.2).

If you use the Java Preferences application, there are 2 settings you can change. The first setting is for all Applets. Note that the default is for Applets to use 1.4.2.

The second setting is for bundled applications (.app), webstart applications, JAR files, and Class files. The order of the Java versions is the order that applications will look for Java versions... if they want to. For instance a particular application can request 1.4 only, 1.5 only, or "best version above 1.4" - this setting affects only the last scenario ("best version above..."). Note that (again) the default is to find 1.4.2 first.

Currently, there is no Apple supported way to change the command-line behavior of "java" (or the other command-line tools). The expectation is to use the full path to the specific commands you want.



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command-line Java
Authored by: hayne on Nov 16, '05 05:41:21PM
Currently, there is no Apple supported way to change the command-line behavior of "java" (or the other command-line tools). The expectation is to use the full path to the specific commands you want.
Or just set up your PATH (and other env variables) to point to the version you want to use. This is what I describe in full in the forums article mentioned above.

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