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April 6, 2005

Konqueror & Java plugins

Filed under: — brendan @ 06:28 IST

I finally got Java plugins to behave properly in Konqueror. (Needed for the calendar feature for some webmail applications. ..cough..) I had a copy of Sun’s Java 2 Runtime Environment (J2RE) version 1.4.2 which I downloaded from Sun back in mid-2003; haven’t gotten anything newer (they somehow have jumped right up to version 5.0, hmm) because I don’t do java apps a lot.

Anyway, in Konqueror I used Settings -> Configure Konqueror... -> Plugins, clicked on New, and gave it the path to where I’d put J2RE: /usr/local/j2re1.4.2/plugin/i386/ns4. I selected the new entry in the list of them and clicked Down until it was at the bottom. I clicked Scan for New Plugins, and then selected the Plugins tab—and there it was! /usr/local/j2re1.4.2/plugin/i386/ns4/libjavaplugin.so in all its glory.

Up until now I’d been trying the other version of the plugin in ns610 and also ns610-gcc32, neither of which have worked. Only today did it occur to me to try ns4—and it works! Now when I select “Calendar” on that webmail app, the right side of the screen finally shows me the two calendars and the ability to click on specific day.


(As an aside, even though Firefox has always worked for this page, I’m using Konqueror because a memory leak keeps happening with Firefox that eventually makes all of my swap space vanish. I’m using version 1.0.1, and have had friends telling me about other problems with 1.0.2 suggesting I wait for the 1.1 release due March 2005 according to the Firefox site…crap, it’s now April. Hopefully soon. The good news is the memory leak is supposed to be fixed in the code that’ll become Firefox 1.1.)

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