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Workaround; Apple Java Update(1.6.0_22-b04-307) breaks OpenOffice 3.2.1

 The Apple Java Update 3 from Oct. 20, 2010 breaks OpenOffice 3.2.1. OpenOffice can't find the Java JRE anymore. OpenOffice becomes fairly crippled and it shows lots of popups depending on what you do.

The workaround for this problem is described in the OpenOffice bug report 115180.


Use command line (Terminal):

cd /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines sudo ln -s ../../Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/JavaVM JavaVM  

Disclaimer: This command requires the super user privilege. Do not execute it if you're not familiar with the Mac command line. It bears the possibility to corrupt the entire Mac!

Important Update

The OpenOffice team provided a fix on their site.Please ignore the recommended workaround mentioned above.


If crash, then reverse

For some, this crashes the install of OpenOffice. If that's the case, it's reversable:

sudo rm /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/JavaVM

blog | by Dr. Radut