installing the latest jdk7 for mac

Mike Swingler swingler at
Thu Mar 29 12:50:54 PDT 2012

On Mar 29, 2012, at 12:41 PM, Rick Hillegas wrote:

> Thanks, Pranav, Scott, and Henri, that did the trick. One response inline...
> On 3/29/12 12:16 PM, Scott Kovatch wrote:
>> ...
>> Why do you want to put it into a custom location?  Java VMs on the Mac have been installed into this location for some time now.
> Perhaps for superstitious reasons. I have a bad experience with well-intentioned upgrades disappearing old revs of Java. I like to be able to reproduce a bug on the bad old rev that the customer is using so that I can confidently say that the good new rev fixes the problem.

This is another good reason why Oracle should ditch the .pkg installer for the .jdk bundles, use the old drag-install process, and ship each .dmg with distinct names for each bundle (i.e. "1.7.0u4-b123.jdk").

It's a lot more transparent to developers, allows multiple concurrent installations, and has an obvious uninstallation process.

Mike Swingler
Apple Inc.

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