How to configure multiple java versions for different local users

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12


The command java -version does not report an accurate value for $PATH.


Follow these steps to set the proper path of the intended java version for a specific local user.

1. Use the following command to check the current java versions available in the system:
# sudo rpm -qa | grep java
2. To identify the path for the intended java version in the system, use the following command, replacing the java version determined in step 1:
# rpm -ql <java_version_xxxxx>
3. Log in as the user "local user" (eg. testlocal):
# vi /home/testlocal/.bashrc
4. Add the following lines to the .bashrc file, using the path determined above in step 2, then save the changes and exit:
export JAVA_HOME=<path_for_java_version_xxxxx>
export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH
5. To reflect the changes:
# source /home/testlocal/.bashrc

Running java -version should now return the correct information.


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  • Document ID:000021129
  • Creation Date: 05-Jul-2023
  • Modified Date:19-Jul-2023
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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