java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: librxtxSerial.jnilib: no suitable image found
Apple had always bundled Java with OS X, but about 3 years ago they announced they would no longer do so. Now, to get Java 7 for the mac you need to get it from Oracle. Recently I tried running one of my RXTX apps with Oracle's Java 7 and I got the following error:
Error: This Java instance does not support a 32-bit JVM.
Please install the desired version.
It seems that Oracle no longer supports the -d32 vm argument. You can still run the Apple version of Java 6. The Apple bundled Java versions can be found in
$ /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6/Home/bin/java -d32 -version
java version "1.6.0_37"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)
So to run Oracle Java 7 we need a 64-bit version of RXTX. A few searches led me to Arduino article that mentions Robert Harder's blog post http://blog.iharder.net/2009/08/18/rxtx-java-6-and-librxtxserial-jnilib-on-intel-mac-os-x/ In this post Robert describes how he compiled RXTX for 64-bit Java (apparently not a trivial task). After downloading his librxtxSerial.jnilib it worked, the first time; the second time I got an exception:
“gnu.io.PortInUseException: Unknown Application”
This was super annoying since I didn't have any other Java processes running that had the port open. I read through the comments and found a solution:
sudo mkdir /var/lock
sudo chmod a+wrx /var/lock
Apparently RXTX needs this directory to manage locks. This was also mentioned on the Arduino article but I missed it the first time. It seems that the Arduino IDE must rely on Java 6 since the RXTX library that comes with the IDE is 32-bit. At some point I imagine (Java 8 perhaps), we'll see more interest in 64-bit RXTX. Please leave a comment if you have any insight on this problem and/or alternative solutions.