Monday Nov 28, 2011

Build Open JDK 7 on Mac OSX (TOTD #172)

The complete requirements, pre-requisites, and steps to build OpenJDK 7 port on Mac OSX are described here. The steps are very clearly explained and here are the exact ones I followed on my MacBook Pro 10.7.2:
  1. Confirm the version of pre-installed Java as:
    > java -version
    java version "1.6.0_26"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_26-b03-383-11A511c)
    Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.1-b02-383, mixed mode)
  2. Download and install Mercurial from (zip bundle for 10.7 is here). It gets installed in the /usr/local/bin directory.
  3. Get the source code as (commands highlighted in bold):

    hg clone
    destination directory: macosx-port
    requesting all changes
    adding changesets
    adding manifests
    adding file changes
    added 437 changesets with 364 changes to 33 files
    updating to branch default
    31 files updated, 0 files merged, 0 files removed, 0 files unresolved
    cd macosx-port
    chmod 7555
    # Repos:  corba jaxp jaxws langtools jdk hotspot
    Starting on corba
    Starting on jaxp
    Starting on jaxws
    Starting on langtools
    Starting on jdk
    Starting on hotspot
    # hg clone corba
    requesting all changes
    adding changesets
    adding manifests
    adding file changes
    added 396 changesets with 3275 changes to 1379 files

    . . .

    # exit code 0
    # cd ./corba && hg pull -u
    pulling from
    searching for changes
    no changes found
    # exit code 0
    # cd ./jaxp && hg pull -u
    pulling from
    searching for changes
    no changes found
    # exit code 0
  4. Install Xcode from the App Store. Include /Developer/usr/bin in PATH.

    Note: JDK 1.6.0_26 ame pre-installed on my laptop and I installed Xode after that. The compilation went fine and there was no need to re-install the Java for Mac OS X as mentioned in the original steps.
  5. Build the code as:

    ALWAYS_PASS_TEST_GAMMA=true ALT_BOOTDIR=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v
    1.6` HOTSPOT_BUILD_JOBS=`sysctl -n hw.ncpu`

    The final output is shown as:

    >>>Finished making images @ Sat Nov 19 00:59:04 WET 2011 ...
    >>>Finished making images @ Sat Nov 19 00:59:04 WET 2011 ...
    ##### Leaving jdk for target(s) sanity all docs images #####
    ##### Build time 00:17:42 jdk for target(s) sanity all docs images #####

    ## Build times ##########
    Target all_product_build
    Start 2011-11-19 00:32:40
    End 2011-11-19 00:59:04
    00:01:46 corba
    00:04:07 hotspot
    00:00:51 jaxp
    00:01:21 jaxws
    00:17:42 jdk
    00:00:37 langtools
    00:26:24 TOTAL
  6. Change the directory and verify the version:

    >cd build/macosx-universal/j2sdk-image/1.7.0.jdk/Contents/Home/bin
    >./java -version
    openjdk version "1.7.0-internal"
    OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0-internal-arungup_2011_11_19_00_32-b00)
    OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 21.0-b17, mixed mode)

Now go fix some bugs, file new bugs, or discuss at the macosx-port-dev mailing list.

Monday Sep 28, 2009

TOTD #106: How to install Oracle Database 10g on Mac OS X (Intel) ?

This Tip Of The Day (TOTD) will explain how to install Oracle Database 10g on Mac OS X.

The official documentation is available here and is very well suited for folks with lots of time and patience. But all I wanted was to install Oracle database server up & running on my localhost so that I can start experimenting with it. All my previous entries have used either JavaDB or MySQL so far, but it's about time ;-)

I started preparing a brief tutorial after following the lengthy documentation but then found this excellent blog entry. And realized the content is looking exactly similar :-) Anyway, below are the instructions I followed and additionally also provide a snapshot of the installer windows.

For the brave of heart, complete installation guide is available in HTML and PDF. Read on for an abbreviated, and yet working version, of the instructions.
  1. Download Oracle database 10g R2 ( from here and unzip.
  2. Check hardware/software requirements. (10.5.4+ required)
  3. Create required groups/users (complete details):
    1. Create Oracle inventory group as:

      # dscl . -create /groups/oinstall
      # dscl . -append /groups/oinstall gid 100
      # dscl . -append /groups/oinstall passwd "\*"
    2. Create Oracle software owner as:
      # dscl . -create /users/oracle
      # dscl . -append /users/oracle uid uid_number
      # dscl . -append /users/oracle gid oinstall_gid
      # dscl . -append /users/oracle shell /bin/bash
      # dscl . -append /users/oracle home /Users/oracle
      # dscl . -append /users/oracle realname "Oracle software owner"
    3. Create the home directory for Oracle user as:
      # mkdir /Users/oracle
      # chown oracle:oinstall /Users/oracle
    4. Set the password for Oracle user:
      # passwd oracle
  4. Configure kernel parameters (complete details) by editing "/etc/sysctl.conf" and adding the contents:
    and reboot the machine for these parameters to take effect.
  5. Configure Oracle user's environment (complete details). In the "oracle" user's home directory, create ".bash_profile" and add the following lines:
    export DISPLAY=:0.0
    export ORACLE_BASE=$HOME
    export ORACLE_SID=orcl
    umask 022
    ulimit -Hn 65536
    ulimit -Sn 65536
  6. The "Basic Installation" of "Standard Edition" in an "Interactive" mode can be performed using the "Oracle Universal Installer". This installer is invoked using the script "db/Disk01/runInstaller" (complete details). The screen snapshots are shown below:

    Choose "oracle" as the database password for simplicity.

    and finally click on "Install" to begin the installation.

    Click on "Password Management..." to unlock the sample database user ...

    The output of these scripts look like:
    ~ > sudo /Users/oracle/oraInventory/
    Changing permissions of /Users/oracle/oraInventory to 770.
    Changing groupname of /Users/oracle/oraInventory to oinstall.
    The execution of the script is complete

    ~ > sudo /Users/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/
    Running Oracle 10g script ...
    The following environment variables are set as:
         ORACLE_OWNER= oracle
         ORACLE_HOME= /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1
    Enter the full pathname of the local bin directory: [/usr/local/bin]:
        Copying dbhome /usr/local/bin ...
        Copying oraenv to /usr/local/bin ...
        Copying coraenv to /usr/local/bin ...
    Creating /etc/oratab file...
    Entries will be added to the /etc/oratab file as needed by
    Database Configuration Assistant when a database is created
    Finished running generic part of script.
    Now product-specific root actions will be performed.

    Click on "Installed Products..." to see the list of Oracle products installed.

  7. There are some more steps before you can start the Oracle listener process.
    1. Edit ".bash_profile" of "oracle" user and add the following settings:
      export ORACLE_HOME=/Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1
      export PATH=$PATH:$ORACLE_HOME/bin
      Not setting DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH gives the following error:
      ~ oracle$ lsnrctl start
      dyld: Library not loaded: /b/227/network/lib/libnnz10.dylib
        Referenced from: /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/bin/lsnrctl
        Reason: image not found
      Trace/BPT trap
      This was not obvious but Googling helped. Make sure to relogin for these changes to take effect.
    2. If your Mac is using DHCP (most likely) then you may see the error shown below:
      ~ oracle$ lsnrctl start
      LSNRCTL for MacOS X Server: Version - Production on 28-SEP-2009 14:48:49
      Copyright (c) 1991, 2007, Oracle.  All rights reserved.
      Starting /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/bin/tnslsnr: please wait...
      TNSLSNR for MacOS X Server: Version - Production
      System parameter file is /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/network/admin/listener.ora
      Log messages written to /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/network/log/listener.log
      Error listening on: (DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=TCP)(HOST=dhcp-usca14-133-197.SFBay.Sun.COM)(PORT=1521)))
      TNS-12545: Connect failed because target host or object does not exist
       TNS-12560: TNS:protocol adapter error
        TNS-00515: Connect failed because target host or object does not exist
         MacOS X Server Error: 49: Can't assign requested address
      Listener failed to start. See the error message(s) above...

      This error occurs because your MacBook may be running on a different IP address if rebooted after the installation and before starting the server. Fortunately, the error message is very intuitive and it's easy to fix the error by editing "$ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/listener.ora" as shown below:
      # listener.ora Network Configuration File: /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/network/admin/listener.ora
      # Generated by Oracle configuration tools.
        (SID_LIST =
          (SID_DESC =
            (SID_NAME = PLSExtProc)
            (ORACLE_HOME = /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1)
            (PROGRAM = extproc)
          (SID_DESC =
            (SID_NAME = orcl)
            (ORACLE_HOME = /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1)
      LISTENER =
          (DESCRIPTION =
            (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = IPC)(KEY = EXTPROC1))
            (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = localhost)(PORT = 1521))

      The changes are highlighted in the bold. Basically, add a new SID referring to "orcl". And for DHCP users the value of HOST key needs to be changed from dynamically assigned IP address to "localhost". Strangely, the Installing on DHCP Computers section of the installation guide says nothing about it :(
    3. Additionally, for DHCP users, you need to change "$ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/tnsnames.ora" as:
      # tnsnames.ora Network Configuration File: /Users/oracle/oracle/product/10.2.0/db_1/network/admin/tnsnames.ora
      # Generated by Oracle configuration tools.
      ORCL =
        (DESCRIPTION =
          (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = localhost)(PORT = 1521))
          (CONNECT_DATA =
            (SERVER = DEDICATED)
            (SERVICE_NAME = orcl)
      The changes are highlighted in bold. And here as well change the value of HOST key to "localhost".
  8. And finally, start the database using SQL\*Plus as:
    ~ oracle$ sqlplus "/ as sysdba"
    SQL\*Plus: Release - Production on Mon Sep 28 17:44:40 2009
    Copyright (c) 1982, 2007, Oracle.  All Rights Reserved.
    Connected to an idle instance.
    SQL> startup nomount
    ORACLE instance started.
    Total System Global Area  612368384 bytes
    Fixed Size                  2085872 bytes
    Variable Size             167775248 bytes
    Database Buffers          436207616 bytes
    Redo Buffers                6299648 bytes
    SQL> alter database mount;
    Database altered.
    SQL> alter database open;
    Database altered.
    User altered.
    SQL> exit
    Disconnected from Oracle Database 10g Release - Production
    The last step of unlocking the account should not be required because we explicitly unlocked the account during installation but that apparently didn't work. And I hit ORA-01033, ORA-01034, ORA-12514, ORA-12541, ORA-12547, and ORA-27101 trying different combinations to get the app working.

    Anyway now re-connect to the HR sample database as:
    ~ oracle$ sqlplus hr/hr@orcl
    SQL\*Plus: Release - Production on Mon Sep 28 17:46:19 2009
    Copyright (c) 1982, 2007, Oracle.  All Rights Reserved.
    Connected to:
    Oracle Database 10g Release - Production
    SQL> select table_name from user_tables;
    7 rows selected.
    SQL> desc regions;
     Name                                      Null?    Type
     ----------------------------------------- -------- ----------------------------
     REGION_ID                                 NOT NULL NUMBER
     REGION_NAME                                        VARCHAR2(25)
    SQL> select \* from regions;
    ---------- -------------------------
             1 Europe
             2 Americas
             3 Asia
             4 Middle East and Africa

    Note: If the database is not shutdown properly then it can be forced to do so using the command "shutdown abort" using SQL\*Plus.

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Thursday Jan 29, 2009

TOTD #67: How to front-end a GlassFish Cluster with Apache + mod_jk on Mac OSX Leopard ?

GlassFish provides support for High Availability by creating a cluster of server instances and session state replication. This enhances the scalability and availability of your application and is a critical piece of decision making critieria when selecting an Application Server. Clustering in GlassFish Version 2 provides comprehensive introduction to clustering, high availability and load balancing in GlassFish.

GlassFish provides out-of-the-box support for load-balancing HTTP(S), JMS, and RMI/IIOP traffic and front-ended by Sun Java System Web Server, Apache Web Server, and Microsoft IIS (more details here) using the Load Balancer plug-in. This plug-in however is not available for Mac OS X and a popular technique used on that platform for front-ending is to use Apache httpd + mod_jk. This is exactly what this TOTD (Tip Of The Day) is going to describe.

This TOTD is going to explain how to front-end a 3-instance GlassFish cluster with Apache httpd and mod_jk on Mac OS X.

This blog is using information from the following blogs:
And thanks to Vivek and Shreedhar for helping me understand the guts of GlassFish High Availability.

Without further ado, lets get started. The steps are slightly involving so strap your seatbelts!
  1. First, lets create a 3-instance cluster following the screencast at GlassFish Clustering in under 10 minutes. Use the cluster name as "cluster1" and instance names as "instance1", "instance2", "instance3". The admin console will look like:

    Deploy "clusterjsp" and make sure it works using port hopping as explained in the screencast. Click on each instance to identify their associated HTTP port.
  2. Define "jvmRoute" and "enableJK" properties on the newly created cluster as:

    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-jvm-options --target cluster1 "-DjvmRoute=\\${AJP_INSTANCE_NAME}"
    Command create-jvm-options executed successfully.
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-jvm-options --target cluster1 "-Dcom.sun.enterprise.web.connector.enableJK=\\${AJP_PORT}"
    Command create-jvm-options executed successfully.

    These properties are required to enable "stickiness" for "mod_jk". More details about how these properties are used internally is explained here.
  3. Configure the above system properties for each instance in the cluster as shown:

    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-system-properties --target instance1 AJP_INSTANCE_NAME=instance1
    Command create-system-properties executed successfully.
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-system-properties --target instance1 AJP_PORT=9090
    Command create-system-properties executed successfully.
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-system-properties --target instance2 AJP_INSTANCE_NAME=instance2
    Command create-system-properties executed successfully.
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-system-properties --target instance2 AJP_PORT=9091
    Command create-system-properties executed successfully.
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-system-properties --target instance3 AJP_INSTANCE_NAME=instance3
    Command create-system-properties executed successfully.
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/bin >./asadmin create-system-properties --target instance3 AJP_PORT=9092
    Command create-system-properties executed successfully.

    Note the value of "AJP_PORT" property for each instance, this will be used for configuring "mod_jk" later. You may have to restart the cluster in order for these properties to be synchronized for each instance. This can be easily done using the admin console as explained in the screencast above.
  4. Install httpd: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 comes bundled with Apache httpd 2.2, so that's cool! Otherwise it can be downloaded from However in the pre-installed version there are some intricacies with directory names that are explained below.
  5. Lets install and configure "mod_jk" in "httpd".
    1. The mod_jk binaries for Mac OSX are supposedly available at But installing the available module in httpd gives the following error:

      httpd: Syntax error on line 116 of /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf: Cannot load /usr/libexec/apache2/ into server: dlopen(/usr/libexec/apache2/, 10): no suitable image found.  Did find:\\n\\t/usr/libexec/apache2/ mach-o, but wrong architecture
    2. The alternative is to build "mod_jk". Fortunately it turned out to be a straight forward process because of this blog.
      1. Download latest Connectors source code (version 1.2.27). The file "BUILD.txt" (included in the source bundle) provide clear instructions to build and described below as well.
      2. Configure the build environment as shown:

        ~/workspaces/tomcat-connectors-1.2.27-src/native >./configure --with-apxs=/usr/sbin/apxs

        It shows the output as:

        . . .
        checking for target platform... unix
        no apache given
        no netscape given
        configure: creating ./config.status
        config.status: creating Makefile
        config.status: creating apache-1.3/Makefile
        config.status: creating apache-1.3/Makefile.apxs
        config.status: creating apache-2.0/Makefile
        config.status: creating apache-2.0/Makefile.apxs
        config.status: creating common/Makefile
        config.status: creating common/
        config.status: creating common/jk_types.h
        config.status: creating jni/Makefile
        config.status: creating common/portable.h
        config.status: executing depfiles commands
      3. Edit Edit "native/apache-2.0/Makefile.apxs" and add "-arch x86_64" as described here. Please note that this string needs to be specified twice.
      4. Invoke "make" and "" is generated in "native/apache-2.0" directory.
    3. Copy the generated "" as:

      ~/workspaces/tomcat-connectors-1.2.27-src/native/apache-2.0 >sudo cp /usr/libexec/apache2/
    4. Load the "mod_jk" module in httpd by editing "/etc/apache2/httpd.conf". Please note another similar file exists in "/etc/httpd/httpd.conf" but ignore that one. Add the following as the last "LoadModule" line:

      LoadModule jk_module     libexec/apache2/
    5. Configure "mod_jk" by adding the following lines immediately below the previously "LoadModule" line:

      JkWorkersFile /etc/apache2/
      # Where to put jk logs
      JkLogFile /var/log/httpd/mod_jk.log
      # Set the jk log level [debug/error/info]
      JkLogLevel debug
      # Select the log format
      JkLogStampFormat "[%a %b %d %H:%M:%S %Y] "
      # JkRequestLogFormat set the request format
      JkRequestLogFormat "%w %V %T"
      # Send all jsp requests to GlassFish
      JkMount /\*.jsp loadbalancer

      The key lines in this configuration are the first and the last one. The first line informs "mod_jk" about the location of "" file (explained later). The last line instructs to redirect only JSP requests. This will allow the static content such as images, text files, and media to be served from "httpd" itself.

      Also create the log directory specified in the configuration as:

      sudo mkdir /var/log/httpd
    6. Create a new file "/etc/apache2/". Again, this is not in "/etc/httpd" directory. Use the following contents:

      # Define 1 real worker using ajp13
      # Set properties for instance1
      # Set properties for instance2
      # Set properties for instance3


      Read more about format. Essentially this file is used to load-balance a 3-instance cluster and specify configuration values for each instance. Note that the value of "worker.instanceX.port" for instance X is exactly same as specified during instance configuration earlier.
  6. Copy "tomcat-ajp.jar" from the "lib" directory of the latest Tomcat 5.5.xcommons-logging.jar (version 1.1.1), and commons-modeler.jar (version 2.0.1) to GLASSFISH_HOME/lib. This is done as:

    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/lib >cp ~/tools/apache-tomcat-5.5.27/server/lib/tomcat-ajp.jar .
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/lib >cp ~/Downloads/commons-logging-1.1.1/commons-logging-1.1.1.jar .
    ~/samples/v2/clustering/glassfish/lib >cp ~/tools/commons-modeler-2.0.1/commons-modeler-2.0.1.jar .

    You may have to restart cluster in order for these JARs to be loaded by each instance.
  7. An "httpd" instance is already running on port# 80 in my particular instance of Mac OS X. Instead of mangling with that, I decided to change the listening port for the new instance that will be spawn for out front-end. This can be easily done by editing "/etc/apache2/httpd.conf" and looking for lines similar to:

    Listen 80

    And change "Listen 80" to "Listen 81".
That completes the configuration, phew!

Lets start "httpd" as:

sudo httpd

The "httpd" logs are available in "/private/var/log/apache2". The following message indicates a successful start of the web server:

. . .
[Thu Jan 29 11:14:16 2009] [warn] Init: Session Cache is not configured [hint: SSLSessionCache]
[Thu Jan 29 11:14:16 2009] [warn] No JkShmFile defined in httpd.conf. Using default /usr/logs/jk-run
[Thu Jan 29 11:14:16 2009] [warn] No JkShmFile defined in httpd.conf. Using default /usr/logs/jk-run
[Thu Jan 29 11:14:16 2009] [notice] Digest: generating secret for digest authentication ...
[Thu Jan 29 11:14:16 2009] [notice] Digest: done
[Thu Jan 29 11:14:16 2009] [warn] pid file /private/var/run/ overwritten -- Unclean shutdow
n of previous Apache run?
[Thu Jan 29 11:14:16 2009] [notice] Apache/2.2.9 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.9 OpenSSL/0.9.7l DAV/2 mod_jk/1.
2.27 configured -- resuming normal operations

OK, now show time!

If everything has been configured properly as described above then "http://localhost:81/clusterjsp/HaJsp.jsp" looks like:

Enter session attribute as "aaa" and value of the attribute as "111". After you click on "ADD SESSION DATA" button, the updated page looks like:

The highlighted part shows that the request is served from "instance1" and recently added session data. Lets stop "instance1" and see if the promise of high availability is fulfilled :)

Click on "Instances" tab, select "instance1" and click "Stop". The admin console looks like:

Notice "instance1" is shown as stopped. Clicking on "Reload Page" on "http://localhost:81/clusterjsp/HaJsp.jsp" shows:


Even though "instance1" is not runing the session data is still available. And that is possible because of the seamless session failover from primary ("instance1") to the replica partner ("instance2"). The highlighted part indicates that the request is now indeed served by "instance2".

Here are some other useful links to consider:
Please leave suggestions on other TOTD (Tip Of The Day) that you'd like to see. A complete archive of all tips is available here.

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Monday Jun 23, 2008

JRuby-on-Rails and MySQL on GlassFish on OpenSolaris in Virtual Box VM

My primary development machine is Mac OS Leopard on Intel Core 2 Duo (read osxtips). But the beauty of virtualization is that I can run multiple Operating Systems on a single powerful machine. And what better virtualization product than Virtual Box. And  Open Solaris has crossed leaps and boundaries making installation and getting started extremely simple :)

So here is an application stack that I tried:

Rails 2.1 + My SQL 5.0.51a

JRuby 1.1.2

GlassFish v3 TP2

OpenSolaris 2008.05

Virtual Box 1.6.2

Mac OSX Leopard

Intel 2.4 G Hz Core 2 Duo

You can easily deploy your Rails applications using MySQL database on GlassFish installed on OpenSolaris in a Virtual Box VM on Mac OS Leopard running on an Intel 2 Duo processor machine. Overall a happy experience :)

The complete instructions to install OpenSolaris using Virtual Box are very useful.

Here are basic steps ...

Create a new VM (settings given in the instructions):

Once all the options are chosen, the generated VM settings are shown as below:

Booting the Virtual Machine from the Live CD shows the following GRUB:

Pick the default options (GRUB, Keyboard & Language) and then the following default screen is shown:

Read and Close the license screen. And then click on the "Install Open Solaris" icon to continue the installation process. This step is important otherwise you'll keep booting from LiveCD every time (I messed up on this few times ;).

After choosing the Region, Location & Timezone and taking other defaults, the summarized installation options are shown:

And finally the installation is complete:

After the installation is complete, shutdown the VM by either selecting "System, Shut Down..." or click on the X on the VM window and selecting "Power off the machine". Change the boot sequence order to bring "Hard Disk" at the top by clicking on "Settings", "Advanced" tab and changing the order as shown below.

And finally, you can easily deploy a Rails 2.1 application on this newly configured machine as explained in Rails 2.1 on GlassFish.  TOTD #35 explains how Rails Database connection need to be configured on Solaris.
The final output of the application looks like:

Here are some pointers for you to get started:
Did you know the 3 keywords for GlassFish v3 - Modularity (OSGi compliant), Extensiblity (non-Java apps) & Emebeddability (runs in-VM) ? Read more on GlassFish v3 main page.

Stay in touch with us by posting your questions/comments/concerns to GlassFish Web Tier Forum or webtier@glassfish.

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Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

OSX #8: Java SE 6 U5 on Mac OS X Leopard

Yesterday, Apple released Java SE version 1.6.0_05 for 64-bit Intel-based Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later. Download it here!

It's restricted to 64-bit machines and Charles is unhappy about it. Hopefully, they'll release a 32-bit version as well.

Type "sw_vers" in a terminal to check the Mac OS X version as shown below:
~ >sw_vers
ProductName:    Mac OS X
ProductVersion: 10.5.2
BuildVersion:   9C31
Alternatively, "About This Mac" in the Apple menu shows you the version as well as shown below:

Anyway, after verifying the system requirements, download 57MB bundle and install it following the standard instructions.

And now successfully installed:

It gets installed in "/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0" and shows the version number as:

/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/Home/bin >./java -version
java version "1.6.0_05"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_05-b13-120)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 1.6.0_05-b13-52, mixed mode)

The default Java version can be changed by using "Java Preferences" as shown below:
/Applications/Utilities/Java >./"Java Preferences"
The following window shows up:

Pick the version of your choice and that should get you going!

These are the days before JavaOne and all my demos on this machine have been tested using the default J2SE 5. But I'll play with the new release after JavaOne anyway :)

Do you know sign up for GlassFish Day is FREE and gives you access to JavaOne pavilion as well ? Do it now!

A complete archive of all Mac OS X tips on this blog are available here.

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Monday Jan 14, 2008

OSX #7: Upgrading Mac OS X from Tiger to Leopard

Did you buy a new or refurbished Macintosh computer on or after Oct 1, 2007 ?
And it does not have Mac OS v10.5 Leopard ?
And would like to upgrade ?
And save money ?

See if you qualify (new or refurbished). If you do, then you can upgrade using a Single-User Upgrade Kit at the cost of $9.95. This offer expires Jan 26, 2008.

Read more details in Mac OS X Leopard Up-to-Date Program.

I ordered mine last week, got the delivery in 3 days and upgraded this morning. Really simple! Now I'm using Mac OS v10.5 Leopad on my MacBook Pro :)

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Thursday Jan 03, 2008

OSX #6: Organizing your Dock & Dashboard

Dock is the Windows Start Bar equivalent in MacOS. However if a program is installed on your MacBook, unlike Windows, you'll need to explicitly add it to the Dock.
To add an icon to Dock: Just click on the Finder icon in Dock, Finder Icon, locate the installed program and drag/drop the icon to Dock. This can be done from the Desktop as well.
To remove an icon from Dock: just drag it away from the Dock onto the desktop; the icon will disappear in a poof of smoke Icon deleted from Dock

Mac DashboardDashboard is Windows Sidebar equivalent in MacOS - it is used for hosting widgets and activated by the default keyboard shortcut of F12.  

To add widgets to Dashboard: Some common widgets are included with the OS itself and can be enabled by clicking on the + button in left-bottom corner of the screen when Dashboard is visible. More widgets can be downloaded from here or by clicking on +, "Manage Widgets..." and "More Widgets...". MacBook Dock - Manage Widgets

To remove widgets from Dashboard: Deleting a widget requires you to hold the Option key over a widget which enables a X in the left-top corner of the widget. Just click on the X and the widget will disappear.

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Tuesday Dec 25, 2007

OSX #5: Alt-Tabbing in Mac (Switching between windows on Mac)

Alt-Tabbing in Windows shows currently open windows and allows to select one of them which then becomes the active window. If there are 3 Firefox windows, then it'll show 3 icons. A slightly different behavior is available in Mac where it shows one icon for all the open windows of an application and then provide a different keyboard shortcut to switch between all the windows of that application.

Switch between different applications: Command+Tab (for example if you have Firefox, Thunderbird and other applications). Shift+Command+Tab moves in the reverse direction.
Switch between different windows of the same application: Command+~ (for example if you have multiple windows of Firefox). Shift+Command+~ moves in the reverse direction.

However if the application is minimized then it is not activated (which is bizarre)!

If you are holding the command key and hit Q then that particular application will quit, if you hit H then that application will hide (go behind all the applications?).

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Sunday Dec 23, 2007

OSX #4: How to forcibly kill an application on Mac ?

The Task Manager in Microsoft Windows is multipurpose. However the most common use, IMHO, is to kill a misbehaving application or that is "Not Responding".  This is called as "Force Quit" on Mac and can be achieved by calling Command+Option+Esc which brings up a window like:

Force Quit window

Then you select the application that you would like to shutdown and click on "Force Quit" button. As in Windows, you will loose any unsaved data.

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Saturday Dec 22, 2007

OSX #3: How to eject CD/DVD in Mac ?

  1. If there is a CD in your drive, then there will be an icon on your desktop as shown below:

    Mac CD Icon
  2. Go to "File" menu in the menu bar and click "Eject <DISK LABEL>" as shown below:

    Mac CD Eject

    Alternatively you can press Command+E in that window.

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