Many Java applications that use shell scripts to configure their environment use the
Does Snow Leopard still have
/usr/libexec/java_home? On 10.5, I just set
JAVA_HOME to the output of that command, which should give you the Java path specified in your Java preferences. Here's a snippet from my
.bashrc file, which sets this variable:
I haven't experienced any problems with that technique.
Occasionally I do have to change the value of
JAVA_HOME to an earlier version of Java. For example, one program I'm maintaining requires 32-bit Java 5 on OS X, so when using that program, I set
JAVA_HOME by running:
export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.5)
For those of you who don't have
java_home in your path add it like this.
sudo ln -s /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/Commands/java_home /usr/libexec/java_home