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SCI/TECH: Java glitch hits OS X update

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posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 07:56 PM
Mac OS X 10.3.9 has a glitch that causes problems with Java and visits to certain sites. Apple acknowledges the problem and has issued a work around. Safari and stand-alone Java applications may quit or fail to launch.
A minor update to Mac OS X is causing headaches for some computer owners, who find their systems no longer work properly when using Java-based applications or visiting certain Web sites.

Apple Computer acknowledged the problem late on Monday and posted a workaround to its Web site.

"After updating to Mac OS X 10.3.9, some systems may have issues with Java applications and Java-enabled websites when using Safari," the Mac maker said in a posting to its support Web site. "Safari may unexpectedly quit, and standalone Java applications may unexpectedly quit or not launch."

An Apple representative said the company plans to keep the update available. As of 5 p.m. Monday, it had not posted information alerting customers to the potential Java problem on the download page for the update. Apple released the OS update on Friday.

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While it seems that commercial users might be the most likely to suffer as a result of this problem, ordinary users might be inconvenienced as well. The much touted "Tiger" OS update is still expected to be released on April 29th. Apple claims that reinstalling these to updates will solve the problem: Java 1.4.2 Update 2 and Security Update 2005-002.

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