After installed JDK7, I disabled Java 1.6 in Java Preferences. Then I found the system cannot launch jars by new JDK 1.7, so I want to reenable 1.6, but I cannot relaunch preference again, it told me No compatible version of Java 1.5+ is available.

What should I do to bring it back?

  • What does java -version show in Terminal? – user151019 Feb 27 '13 at 11:13
  • @Mark java version "1.7.0_15" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_15-b03) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.7-b01, mixed mode) – Shisoft Mar 1 '13 at 4:22
  • What does the Java control panel in System Preferences and what exactly do you mean by " system cannot launch jars" – user151019 Mar 1 '13 at 9:58
  • @Mark When I launch Java applications like umongo, it appears 'No compatible version of Java 1.6+ is available.' – Shisoft Mar 4 '13 at 9:33
  • Is the issue just packaged java .apps or running jars from the command line as well? – user151019 Mar 4 '13 at 10:27

This is a partial answer and will need adding to, mainly to show the change in Info.plist and an official reference for it.

It seems (from this blog) that the structure or the Info.plist in running packaged Java apps has changed. The blog says in Mountain Lion but I would have the same issue in Lion, the issue is the change in Java.

Thus I can see two ways of running pakaged apps

  1. Install java 1.6 from Apple (running Mongo.app uses this one for me)
  2. Repackage the app using the suggested AppBundler
  • Please, do you have a link for Mongo.app? And do you suggest repackaging Apple's outdated Java Preferences.app? – Graham Perrin May 26 '13 at 5:43
  • Do you mean UMongo? – Graham Perrin May 26 '13 at 5:51
  • @GrahamPerrin - a misunderstanding I could not find umongo as in the OP's question but could find Mongo.app - now it is the other way round. Mountain Lion says Umongo.app is damaged and won't run. The answer is the same I think as Mongo.app was a packaged Java app – user151019 May 26 '13 at 10:01

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