To install the Java plugin for Firefox in RHEL 5 x64

Download the Java RPM from java.com to install in /usr/java

# sudo mkdir /usr/java
# cd ~
# chmod a+x jre-6u29-linux-x64-rpm.bin
# ./jre-6u29-linux-x64-rpm.bin (extracts as jre-6u29-linux-amd64.bin and RPM auto-installs)

Create a symbolic link in the Firefox plugins folder

# cd ~/.mozilla
# ls (check to see if plugins directory exists)
# mkdir plugins
# cd plugins
# ln -s /usr/java/jre1.6.0_29/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so

Launch Firefox. The Java plugin should now work.

  1. Nick says:

    Mark,

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a descriptive & important information.

    Regards,
    Nick