[SATLUG] symlinks and JAVA

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sun Aug 24 14:33:26 CDT 2008

Michael wrote:
> Kubuntu 8.04
> Firefox
> -------------------------
> I started visiting an online gaming website that I hadn't been on in 
> months (years?).  Anyway, it requires java which is installed on my 
> system.  The website will work in Konqueror.  Konqueror has a place in 
> its settings that specifically ask you where java is on your system.  
> However, on Firefox, the site doesn't work.  If I remember correctly, 
> you have to go in and make some type of symbolic link.  I tried googling 
> for symbolic links and found a website on how to create one.  My problem 
> is, I don't know what file to symlink to what.  Can anyone help me out?  

To see what plugins are installed, put about:plugins into the navigation bar.

The plugins are installed in /usr/lib/firefox-<version>/plugins/.  For Java, you 
need a symbolic link:

libjavaplugin_oji.so -> 

Of course, you need to have the Java Development Kit installed.  I do most 
things from source.  I use the instructions in


You don't need to compile it; just do the part with the title:

  Installation of JDK

   -- Bruce

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