CentOS 6 Installing Oracle JDK

Having recently setup a Cassandra environment for a customer I found it would crash with a segmentation fault. I discovered this was due to the OpenJDK that is bundled with CentOS – as a workaround I installed the Sun Oracle JDK using the steps below:

  • Download the appropriate file (e.g jdk-7u45-linux-x64.rpm) JDK from Oracle website. Exact as necessary and install JDK rpm:
    sudo yum localinstall jdk-.rpm
  • Add java as alternative for /usr/bin/java:
    sudo alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/java/latest/bin/java <priority>
    Note: Default priority of open-jdk is 16000. A higher priority must be selected.
  • To add JAVA_HOME to environment variables create /etc/profile.d/java.sh containing the following:
    export JAVA_HOME=<java_home>
    Note: If Oracle JDK is installed is /usr/java/latest
    Load into current session:
    source /etc/profile.d/java.sh
    echo $JAVA_HOME
  • Verify installation
    java -version
    java version "1.7.0_25"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_25-b15)
    Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.25-b01, mixed mode)

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