Howto: Fix VNC / Firefox plugin problems on SLES 10 SP2

Yesterday I installed two identical SuSE Linux Enterprise (SLES) 10 SP2 servers on their own private network.  Since this private network was completeky isolated, neither server received any updates or patches.  When I tried to connect from one server to the other through VNC at, I received the following message from Firefox:

Plugin Finder Service Window reports Firefox is now checking for available plugins
Click here to download plugin

I figured Firefox was trying to download the Java browser plugin from the Internet.  I had not installed Java during the base installation, so this is what I did to fix the problem:

1)      Downloaded the most recent version of Java,  1.6.0_07 available from
2)      Copied jre-6u7-linux-i586-rpm.bin to /usr/src/packages/RPMs/i586
3)      Opened a terminal and su root
4)      cd /usr/src/packages/RPMs/i586
5)      Typed chmod a+x jre-6u7-linux-i586-rpm.bin
6)      To start install type  ./ jre-6u7-linux-i586-rpm.bin
7)      Hit the space bar several times to view license agreement
8)      Press y to accept license agreement.  Java will be installed to /usr/java/jre1.6.0_07
9)      Link Java to plugin directory.  To do this type cd /usr/lib/browser-plugins
10)    Type  ln -s /usr/java/jre1.6.0_07/plugin/i386/ns7/

Firefox was then able to see the VNC login screen at

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2 Responses to “Howto: Fix VNC / Firefox plugin problems on SLES 10 SP2”

  1. Jim Soya Says:

    Thank you. I had installed the latest jave but did not know about linking java to the plugin directory.

  2. Patrick Parks Says:

    Thank you from a Linux newbie; your instructions worked great!

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