Pooka iconJava icon

Installing and Running Pooka

Pooka packaging

Pooka is distributed as an 'executable' jar file. This means that all of the Java classes necessary to run Pooka (well, in addition to the classes which are distributed with Java itself, that is) are included in this one file. So if you already have a 1.2 or higher version of the JRE (or JDK, or J2SE, or whatever they want to call it these days), then you should be able to run pooka just by running

java -Xmx64M pooka_<versionnumber>.jar

where pooka_<versionnumber>.jar is the pooka jar file that you have downloaded, such as pooka_020429.jar.

If you're running on Windows, you should also be able to start Pooka just by double-clicking on the jar file (or on a shortcut to the jar file).

Installation of the JDK

If you do not yet have a JRE installed on your system, then you will need to get one in order to run Pooka. Unfortunately, due to bandwidth constraints I can no longer make the JRE's available here. However, you shouldn't have any problems getting a JRE from Sun.

Download the JRE from the Java homepage. They have versions for Solaris, Windows, and Linux there. They also have a handy page for other Java ports, though I think it's a bit out of date.

Note for MacOS users: It looks like Apple will not be making Java 2 available for MacOS classic. However, OS X will be shipping with a version of the Java 2 JDK. So users of OS X should not have to install any new software in order to run Pooka.

At the moment, the best JDK to use is the latest 1.3.1 JDK from Sun for Pooka 1.0, or the latest 1.4.1 JDK for Pooka 1.1. I've also tested with IBM's JDKs for Linux, which, again for the latest 1.3.1 and 1.4.x, seem to work fine.

Installing and Running Pooka / http://www.suberic.net/pooka/install.html
Allen Petersen / allen at suberic dot net

Last modified: May 10, 2005