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Getting the Java Plugin to Work in the Browser

I first tried to use the OpenJDK project but could not get it to work.

I ended up having to download an RPM of the official JRE from sun.

http://java.com/en/download/

I then installed it (replace the file name below with the name of the file you downloaded).

yum install ./jre-6u30-linux-i586.rpm

Then created the following directory if it does not already exist.

mkdir -p ~/.mozilla/plugins/

Next setup a symlink. The following will work for the 32-bit version.

cd ~/.mozilla/plugins/
ln -s /usr/java/jre1.6.0_30/lib/i386/libnpjp2.so libnpjp2.so

If you have the 64-bit version do the following.

cd ~/.mozilla/plugins/
ln -s /usr/java/jre1.6.0_30/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so libnpjp2.so

Now restart your browser.

This works for both FireFox and Chrome.

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