So, I am loving my new computer – 12 GB RAM, dual quad-core and a terabyte of space.  Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) plus four VMs with Vista 32, Vista 64, Office 32 and Office 64, plus two enormous monitors so I can run Unix programs on our cluster and monitor that while I am programming in the Windows environment or running SPSS on the Mac on the other side. Learning JMP keeps moving up my to-do list, so I got the SAS download manager for JMP, downloaded it to my computer and got this message:

JVM not found.

I suspected immediately it had something to do with Snow Leopard and the fact that I was right about this helped me not at all in fixing it. I could not find any mention of this problem on the JMP site or anything specific to the SAS download manager or JMP anywhere. However, I did find quite a number of explanations of why one might get a JVM not found error and what to do about it.

I found a number of sites with fixes, all relating to installing Java 1.5 on Snow Leopard, some of which were absolute Greek to me (and I have three graduate degrees, including a doctorate with a specialization in statistics where we are used to Greek! )

This one http://chxor.chxo.com/post/183013153/installing-java-1-5-on-snow-leopard from CHXO Internets was absolutely simple to follow and fixed my problem immediately. Hurray.

[Note to self, as soon as I get a spare minute, as in first thing tomorrow, send $20 for shareware fee to Pacifist , I already have another use for this. ]

When I followed the few steps outlined in the blog post above, the SAS download manager installed, then I installed JMP and all was wonderful.

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2 Responses to “JMP, JVM & WTF”

  1. Rich on November 4th, 2009 12:25 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I just encountered the same problem and this was the first hit for “SAS download manager JVM not found”. I’m “happily” on my way downloading SAS components now.

  2. Fernand on November 11th, 2009 8:18 am

    I always thought Java historically had issues with Mac OS X. You might have run into that problem with Java. I’m not sure what’s going to happen now that Oracle has bought out Sun.

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