Netbeans will not start on OS X
By yakshaving on Jan 05, 2009
Back from a two week break, finished with at least the first pass of mail and attempting to get back to inbox zero I find that I cannot start NetBeans 6.1 or 6.5. It appears that the problem is an OS X update forcing the use of 64-bit data model when the 32-bit is required.
In various locations I found instructions to change to the 32-bit data model with -d32. After adding this change to netbeans.conf (alternatively -d32 or -J-d32) the problem was not resolved.
An ugly hack to work around this issue (inspiration from Sam Cogan):
lipo /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5.0/Home/bin/java \\ -remove x86_64 -output /tmp/javasudo mv /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5.0/Home/bin/java \\ /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5.0/Home/bin/java-x86_64sudo mv /tmp/java /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5.0/Home/bin/java-32sudo ln -s /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5.0/Home/bin/java-32 \\ /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5.0/Home/bin/java
This appears to have fixed the immediate symptom, there is no telling what I have broken in some other insidious ways. I also expect this problem to return with the next update to java which replaces the java binary.
Ways to identify this problem:
From the terminal.app: open /Applications/NetBeans/NetBeans\\ 6.5.appLSOpenFromURLSpec() failed with error -10810 for the file /Applications/NetBeans/NetBeans 6.5.appFrom CrashReporter files for java:Process: java  Path: /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5/Home/bin/java Identifier: java Version: ??? (???) Code Type: X86-64 (Native) Parent Process: bash  <...> Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV) Exception Codes: 0x000000000000000d, 0x0000000000000000 Crashed Thread: 0 <...> Thread 0 crashed with X86 Thread State (64-bit):In: /var/log/system.log1/5/09 3:05:41 PM [0x0-0x133133].org.netbeans.ide /Applications/NetBeans/NetBeans 6.5.app/Contents/MacOS/../Resources/NetBeans/bin/../platform9/lib/nbexec: line 493: 5768 Segmentation fault "/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5/Home/bin/java" ...