Unable to get Applescript Engine on some computers

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at oracle.com
Thu Feb 27 03:10:43 PST 2014

On 27/02/2014 10:52, Paul Taylor wrote:
> In my code I have:
> ScriptEngineManager mgr = new ScriptEngineManager();
> ScriptEngine engine = mgr.getEngineByName("AppleScript");
> this works fine for me, but for some customers in returns null for 
> engine.
> We are using Java 1.8.0 25.0-b69 64bit (build 129)
> Customer was on Mac OS X 10.9.2 x86_64, I've upgraded to same version 
> still don't get the problem.
> Applescript does exist because earlier in my code I run some 
> applescript using osascript and Runtime class and that works fine
> Any ideas ?
Michael Hall brought this up a few days ago too.  I assume you have 
/System/Library/Java/Extensions/AppleScriptEngine.jar but some of your 
customers don't.

The JDK does include the AppleScriptEngine but is missing the service 
configuration file that is needed to locate it. There is a bug open for 
this but it does raise the question as to whether the JDK really needs 
to bundle this scripting engine or not.


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