Setting up java for ec2-api-tools on Fedora Linux

Download the Linux or Linux 64 package (not the RPM) from Oracle at http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

As root:

mkdir /usr/java

since it probably does not exist by default.

Extract the jre-7u21-linux.tar.gz file you downloaded into /usr/java

cd /usr/java && tar xzf jre-7u21-linux.tar.gz

You will have something like:

/usr/java/jre1.7.0_21/

So in your .bashrc file (or however you set up your environmental variables for EC2) add:

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jre1.7.0_21/

Resources:
http://blog.serverdensity.com/installing-ec2-api-tools-on-fedora/

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