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I am running a beta test on a Java application, it's on private servers so I can't point you there.  I have a grab from the console log on a MAC running OS X 10.4.11 - JRE 1.5.0_16  - this app fails on the mac, but not on a PC or on a mac running JRE 1.5.0_13.  I cannot swear there are no other differences between the two machines.

The system complains that it cannot parse the file helpset.hs, also there is a complaint about a malformed URL "map.jhm."  Yes, the period is included in the error output.

No, I have No Business trying to figure this out myself, I am completely out of my element.

I have attached the console log in a .jpg - it doesn't seem to want to let me get the text from it.
It is not a complete snap, I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction or give me a clue for my developer.  I've tried three or four of his solutions, none have worked.

Thanks,

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by:DJDecay
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Are you using an obfuscator, or any assemblies are obfuscated?


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by:chakaal
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I have found/heard that this is a known Java bug, and the best I can hope for is a quick solution from them, or an easier work-around than the ones that have so far turned up.  The bug prevents URLs from being retrieved from a JAR which is why the errors fall out as they do. I'm told it is a known, high-priority bug, but that doesn't tell me whether a fix will be fast or not.

I guess my search is now for a workaround my developer can put in place pretty easily, since he is unfortunately also rather new to Java.  Failing that I may just have to deal with a broken application until there's a bug fix.

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by:DJDecay
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Could you try uncompress the JARs into .java assemblies. Repoint CLASS_PATHS to assembly directories? It should be a quick workaround if you're in a pinch

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by:chakaal
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I'll run it up the flagpole and see if he salutes it...

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We are out of time and the solution is I lose, so I'm going to accept my own answer and close this question rather than delete it.  
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