Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 454189
javaws unable to start the web start application
Last modified: 2009-07-14 12:07:32 EDT
When clicking on a javaws link which is returning a jnlp file to the client, the
firefox browser correctly asks what application should be used to view the file
with IcedTea Web Start being the default.
The file is then downloaded as kvm.cgi to /tmp and passed to the javaws binary
without the javaws binary executing the downloaded file.
Calling javaws manually seems to indicate that javaws will only execute files
with the file extension .jnlp which is a bit problematic in my case as the file
is named kvm.cgi.
[athienem@localhost ~]$ javaws /tmp/kvm.cgi
Usage: javaws [-run-options] <jnlp file>
-about Shows a sample application.
-viewer Shows the trusted certificate viewer.
-basedir dir Directory where the cache is kept.
-arg arg Adds an application argument before launching.
-param name=value Adds an applet parameter before launching.
-property name=value Sets a system property before launching.
-update seconds Update check if seconds since last checked.
-license Display the GPL license and exit.
-verbose Enable verbose output.
-nosecurity Disables the secure runtime environment.
-noupdate Disables checking for updates.
-headless Disables download window, other UIs.
-strict Enables strict checking of JNLP file format.
-help Print this message and exit.
Renaming the file to kvm.jnlp works around the problem:
[athienem@localhost ~]$ mv /tmp/kvm.cgi /tmp/kvm.jnlp
[athienem@localhost ~]$ javaws /tmp/kvm.jnlp
[web start app updates and starts]
This problem seems not to exist with the java 1.5 package from sun as delivered
on the RHEL5 CSB app.
Thanks for reporting this bug. I've fixed and committed this in the IcedTea6
repo: http://iced-tea.org/hg/icedtea6/rev/8e512374e35d .
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