I didn’t find any clear instructions on upgrading the JDK on OS X so I thought I’d share my findings.
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First off, apparently Software Update does not automatically update the JDK. You have to manually download and run the updates. There are four updates to “Java for Mac OS X 1.5”. Since I couldn’t tell whether they were cumulative or not, I just downloaded and installed each one in sequence:
Now you’d think you’d be done, but those updates only install JDK 1.6—they don’t make it the default. The way I did that was to change a link in the Framework:
Now I see:
Java 8 Download Mac Os
Java For Mac 10.6.8
Now to see if it really works…
**Update 1 **8/7/09: That link I created wasn’t quite right in the original post. It was creating a link with an absolute path. This apparently caused the Java Preferences app to fail to start and also caused WebKit/Safari to crash on all but the simplest web pages. Wierd. Corrected link creation above.