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I download the latest Aptana 3.0.5 after reinstalling ubuntu 11.10.

I place aptana in the /opt/ folder. Upon trying to launch the application it warns me with:

A Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Development Kit (JDK) must be available in order to run AptanaStudio3. No Java virtual machine was found after searching the following locations: /opt/AptanaStudio3/jre/bin/java java in your current PATH

Is this error occurring because i'm missing Java packages? Previously in 11.04 i had to install a couple different java packages (i forgot which) and it suddenly worked.

What do i need to do to get aptana working?

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According to the getting started guide for Aptana Studio 3:


Before you install the Release, you should have the following tools installed and working correctly:

  • Sun/Oracle Java 1.5.x or later on Mac and Linux. OpenJDK is not yet supported.
  • ...

So using OpenJDK to run Aptana is not officially supported.

Personally, when I had used OpenJDK in the past to run Aptana, I had various issues with it. So I don't recommend it.

I would recommend to install the latest Java 6.x to run Aptana. I can't find any info on how well 7.x is supported, but I don't think it would be as well supported as 6.x at the moment.

Problem is that Sun/Oracle Java 1.6 is not available any more in the Ubuntu partner repository for Ubuntu 11.10, like it was for previous releases. The alternatives that I have seen being suggested for installing Java 6.x are:

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Use this command to open Aptana using openjdk instead of sun's jre AptanaStudio -vm /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/bin.

Openjdk is the default jdk in Ubuntu. As an option you are able to install Oracle's jdk if you download it from Oracle's website.

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I can't install oracle's JDK anymore with apt-get? – chrisjlee Oct 16 '11 at 1:23
Have a look here. – Bruno Pereira Oct 16 '11 at 1:26

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