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Hey Sun, WTF?

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Sometimes I'm apt to clean up the hard drives on my PC. Last night I was doing just this and happened to notice that the directory c:\Program Files\Java was taking up some 360MB. I peeked inside and saw this:
[Java folder]

In the Java folder were six more folders named jre1.5.0, jre1.5.0_02, etc, each apparently containing a complete installation of Sun Microsystem's Java runtime environment at 60MB each. It seems that every time JRE prompted me to update, it was installing the update into a new folder, leaving the old one cluttering up my hard drive.

WTF, Sun?

I completely uninstalled the JRE and all patches, and reinstalled the latest version, thus saving myself 300MB or so in disk space, at least until the next time it needs to update...

Posted December 22, 2006 12:32 PM


Thanks for the heads-up.

I took a peek in my own Java folder and noticed exactly the same - there were six nearly identical folders (two for 1.4.2 and four for 1.5.0). The whole thing took up 340 MB.

I removed and reinstalled, and now I have more space free as well.

Posted by: Arancaytar | December 22, 2006 9:55 PM Site Map