Editors note: This question was asked in 2014, and the answers may be outdated.
I want to do some programming with the latest JavaFX, which requires Java 8. I'm using IntelliJ 13 CE and Mac OS X 9 Mavericks. I ran Oracle's Java 8 installer, and the files look like they ended up at
but previous versions are at
Not sure why the latest installer puts this in
/Library instead of
/System/Library (nor what the difference is). But
/usr/libexec/java_home doesn't find 1.8, so all the posts I've found on how to set your current java version don't work. I've tried adding a symbolic link to make it look like 1.8 is in the
/System/Library... path, but it doesn't help.
/usr/libexec/java_home -V still only lists the old Java 1.6.
Ironically, the "Java" control panel under System Preferences shows only Java 1.8!
Why doesn't Oracle's installer put it where it really goes? And how can I work around this problem?