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when I type java -versionI still get the Early Access version and not the stable JDK 7u10. please how to fix that ? I am working on Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

ls /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions

  • 1.5.0
  • 1.6
  • 1.6.0
  • A <-- ?
  • Current <-- ?
  • CurrentJDK <-- ?

What the ? stands for please ?

/usr/libexec/java_home -V

Matching Java Virtual Machines (3):
    1.7.0_10, x86_64:   "Java SE 7" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_10.jdk/Contents/Home
    1.6.0_37-b06-434, x86_64:   "Java SE 6" /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home
    1.6.0_37-b06-434, i386: "Java SE 6" /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home


The problem is java -version --> java version "1.7.0_10-ea" EA !

The worst is that /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_10.jdk/Contents/Home/bin/java -version show me the EA.

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Check your system path. I am betting that the newer JDK is not part of the path statement yet. – Hovercraft Full Of Eels Dec 20 '12 at 21:58
check what exactly please ? – ALJI Mohamed Dec 20 '12 at 21:58
I found this interesting folder : /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework – ALJI Mohamed Dec 20 '12 at 22:01
@HovercraftFullOfEels ... ? – ALJI Mohamed Dec 20 '12 at 22:05
What OS are you working on? If windows, then open a command window, and type in path<return> – Hovercraft Full Of Eels Dec 20 '12 at 22:08
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1.7 JDKs don't go into /System/Library/Frameworks, they go into /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines. When you run /usr/bin/java it picks the appropriate Java installation to use

  • If you have a JAVA_HOME environment variable set, then it will use that version
  • otherwise it will choose the "best" installed JDK out of the ones available in /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines and /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines, you can run /usr/libexec/java_home to see which one the system considers to be "best".

Of course, if you have manually added /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/<something>/Contents/Home/bin to your PATH ahead of /usr/bin then java will mean that specific version rather than the one selected by the system. You can check this by running which java.

To complicate matters further, there's another copy of the JRE in /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home, which is the one used for browser plugins and for 1.7-style .app bundles that don't embed their own JRE.

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It found three installed Java Virtual Machine but it picks a different one. It found JVM 1.7.0u10 and it picks JVM 1.7.0u10ea – ALJI Mohamed Dec 20 '12 at 22:19
When I do java -versionI get 1.7.0_10-ea I need to get 1.7.0_10 ! – ALJI Mohamed Dec 20 '12 at 22:21
@ALJIMohamed and is java definitely /usr/bin/java? Try which java to find that out. – Ian Roberts Dec 20 '12 at 22:21
which java --> /usr/bin/java . – ALJI Mohamed Dec 20 '12 at 22:24
I have never done anything manually. – ALJI Mohamed Dec 20 '12 at 22:26

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