[R] RH 8.0, Mozilla and help.start() - Deja Vu All Over Again....
MSchwartz at medanalytics.com
Thu Mar 20 21:01:23 CET 2003
In the continuing process of dealing with the upgrades to Mozilla under
RH 8.0 Linux (present stable release is 1.3) and as a result, the
"breakage" of R's help.start() function, which is a java applet based
search engine, I wanted to point out to folks some key points of
If you are upgrading to Mozilla version 1.3 under RH 8.0 from an older
version, even one of the devel versions such as 1.3a or 1.3b, you need
to carefully read the Installation Notes at:
Most significantly in this case, is that the RPMS for RH 8.0 of this
version of Mozilla are compiled with gcc version 3.2.
The present official release of Java from Sun is not and therefore the
Sun Java plugins for Mozilla will not work with 1.3, breaking
help.start(). As of this writing Sun does not have a gcc 3.2 compiled
Java download available, though is expected to in the near future.
In order to get help.start() working in this scenario, you need to
download the gcc 3.2 compiled versions of Java from one of the
Blackdown.org mirrors at:
Once at the mirror of your choice, go into the JDK-1.4.1/i386/01 folder.
Be sure to read the README and INSTALL-j2re files carefully and fully.
The .bin file is the install executable and you of course, need to
change the file attributes to make it executable after download. Note
that by default this file will extract and install in its download
directory and it does not prompt you for a target. Again, read the
installation instructions carefully.
The key will be to remove the existing Java shortcut in your Mozilla
plugins folder, which for me using Moz 1.3 is:
Depending upon what version of Java you presently have installed, the
existing shortcut may be to .../javaplugin_oji.so or to
Once you have installed the Blackdown.org version of Java as per the
installation instructions, you will need to recreate the shortcut to the
new Java plugin, which for me is:
Hence, in the /usr/lib/mozilla-1.3/plugins folder using a terminal as
ln -s /usr/java/j2re1.4.1/plugin/i386/mozilla/javaplugin_oji.so
Of course, in each case, replace my path(s) with yours, if different.
Finally, be sure that in the Mozilla Preferences settings, you have BOTH
Basically, once you have completed these steps, help.start() should work
with Moz 1.3. If it is working properly, you should see a Mozilla status
line message indicating that the Java applet has started ("Applet
SearchEngine Started") when you go to the Search Engine & Keywords
search page (not the initial page).
I hope that this information helps folks. This seems to be an ongoing
(but hopefully not never ending) saga.
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