Florian F Florian F - 5 months ago 118x
Java Question

Java 8 Update 71 is trying to install a new helper tool. (On Mac)

I just was prompted to update Java. It tells me:

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Does anybody know what that "helper" tool does? If it is new I probably don't need it. Is there a way to opt out? Or at least know what it is before installing it?

Note that I already checked the option to suppress sponsor offers in the Java Control Panel under System Preferences.

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Note also that if I don't enter the admin password, the update doesn't get installed. It is not an offer that is presented besides the update and that I can accept or reject.

If this is a bad question or the wrong place, please comment.

Here is a followup.

I got the message again and I searched for more information about it. I learned that the update process has been wrapped into an application. The applications wraps the actual package and proposes additional software. If you opt out I guess it just installs the java update.

The "new helper tool" is probably this installation wrapper, or possibly the additional software that is proposed if you don't opt out.

If you prefer to install a clean package, you can extract it form the installer. After the update downloaded, click cancel. Then go to
~/Library/Application Support/Java
. You can see there all the past java update downloads. Choose the latest version. Inside the folder you see an app and a dmg. Right-click on the app and select
Show Package Contents
. Inside the app go to
. There you find a package

Inside the download, an app and a dmg. If you show the contents of the app and navigate to
you find
. That is the actual package. Copy it to your desktop and install it as you would any package. It will still ask for your a name and password, but this time it is for installing that package and not anything else.


From: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/technotes/guides/install/mac_jre.html

Oracle has partnered with companies that offer various products. The installer may present you with the option to install these programs when you install Java.

You can disable the presentation of offers during installation by specifying the --args SPONSORS=0 option in the terminal command line. For example:

open /Volumes/Java\ 8\ Update\ 40/Java\ 8\ Update\ 40.app --args SPONSORS=0