Installation Instructions:
   
Note:  
The install formats for a given platform install the same software but in a different manner.  
   
Windows Offline Installation  
This downloaded file includes everything required to perform a complete installation. It can be copied to a machine that is disconnected from the network and executed to perform a complete or custom install. Includes Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0 and support for additional languages, fonts and media.

Step 1: Double click on the executable icon to install the Java plugin.

Step 2: Follow the steps as guided by the installation process, leaving all options to their default values.

 

 
Linux RPM  
A Linux RPM package file to be installed with the rpm utility. The RPM packages require root access to install, and they install by default in a location such that they replace the system version of the Java platform supplied by the Linux operating environment.

Step 1: Open a terminal shell with root access.

Step 2: Run the rpm utility on the downloaded rpm package as shown below:
>>>>>>rpm -ivh j2re-1_4_2_04-linux-i586.rpm
The above command will install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in the default
path, /usr/java/. The JRE should also contain a directory called plugin that holds the various versions of plugins for the different browsers, such as Netscape 6 or above and Netscape 4.1 or above as well as Mozilla. Typically the path for the plugin is /usr/java/j2sdk1.4.2/jre/plugin/.

Step 3: For Netscape 6/7 and Mozilla browsers, create a symbolic link to the previously installed Java Plug-in by setting a link to the libjavaplugin.so file in the user's Netscape 6/7 or Mozilla plugins directory
>>>>>>cd <Netscape 6/7 | Mozilla>/plugins
>>>>>>
ln -s <JRE>/plugin/i386/ns610/libjavaplugin_oji.so .
Replace <Netscape/Mozilla> with the path that points to the current user's Netscape/Mozilla directory. For example, if logged in as root, then <Netscape/Mozilla> will be /root/.mozilla. If the plugins directory does not exist, then create it manually as shown below:
>>>>>>mkdir <Netscape 6/7 | Mozilla>/plugins
For SuSE 8.1 or higher using Mozilla browser, replace ns610 with ns610-gcc32 in the command line above. Be sure to include the period at the end.

Step 4: For all Netscape/Mozilla browsers: Start your Netscape/Mozilla browser, or restart it if it is already up. Note that if you have other Netscape/Mozilla "objects" open before restarting (Messenger, Composer ...) you will need to shut them down as well.
In Netscape do Help -> About Plug-ins to confirm that the Java Plug-in is loaded.

Step 5: Please note that in the example of this Help, the Java Plugin is installed for the ROOT user only since the ROOT is assumed to be the current user. Repeat Step 3 for any user who wish to install the Java Plugin.

Step 6: If you are still experiencing problems installing the Java plugin, please click here for a complete manual installation instructions.

 

 
Solaris Self-Extracting File  

Step 1: Open a terminal shell with root access.

Step 2: Check the download file size. You can download to any directory you choose; it does not have to be the directory where you want to install the J2RE.
Before you download the file, notice its byte size provided on the download page on the web site. Once the download has completed, compare that file size to the size of the downloaded file to make sure they are equal.

Step 3: Make sure that execute permissions are set on the self-extracting binary:

On SPARC processors:
chmod +x j2re-1_4_2_<version>-solaris-sparc.sh
On x86 processors:
chmod +x j2re-1_4_2_<version>-solaris-i586.sh

Step 4: Change directory to the location where you would like the files to be installed. The next step installs the J2RE into the current directory.

Step 5: Run the self-extracting binary.
Execute the downloaded file, prepending the path to it. For example, if the downloaded file is in the current directory, prepend it with "./":

On SPARC processors:
./j2re-1_4_2_<version>-solaris-sparc.sh

On x86 processors:
./j2re-1_4_2_<version>-solaris-i586.sh

The binary code license is displayed, and you are prompted to agree to its terms. The J2RE files are installed in a directory called j2re1.4.2_<version> in the current directory.

Step 6: For Netscape 6/7 and Mozilla browsers, create a symbolic link to the Plug-in in the Netscape plugins directory. Create a symbolic link to the Java Plug-in libjavaplugin.so file in the Netscape 6/7 or Mozilla plugins directory
>>>>>>cd <Netscape 6/7 | Mozilla>/plugins
>>>>>>
ln -s <JRE>/plugin/sparc/ns610/libjavaplugin_oji.so .
Be sure to include the period at the end.

Step 7: For all Netscape/Mozilla browsers: Start your Netscape/Mozilla browser, or restart it if it is already up. Note that if you have other Netscape/Mozilla "objects" open before restarting (Messenger, Composer ...) you will need to shut them down as well.
In Netscape do Help -> About Plug-ins to confirm that the Java Plug-in is loaded.

Step 8: If you are still experiencing problems installing the Java plugin, please click here for a complete manual installation instructions.

 
Supported by Dr. David Wishart, University of Alberta  
Maintained by Nelson Young, University of Alberta  
Last updated: July 28, 2003