Getting and Installing Java
On UNIX run the installer or uncompress the distribution into a directory of your choice
On Windows, run the installer
Avoid installing Java into a directory that contains spaces or other special characters (e.g., under C:\Program Files)
You can choose not to install "Public JRE", demos, and source components
Set JAVA_HOME to point to the directory where you installed Java and add $JAVA_HOME/bin to your PATH
On Windows, add JAVA_HOME System Variable under Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Environmental Variables and prefix the existing PATH variable with %JAVA_HOME%\bin;
On UNIX-like systems, make these changes in your shell’s configuration file (e.g., ~/.bashrc): export JAVA_HOME=/path/to/java-install-dir and export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH
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Test that java -version prints the expected Java version
Test that javac prints usage message
This verifies that JDK is installed (vs. JRE)
Getting JBoss Application Server
Download packaged distribution
How to build from source?
Get Ant from http://ant.apache.org/
Uncompress it in a directory like C:\Ant
Set ANT_HOME to point to the directory where you installed Ant
Add $ANT_HOME/bin (on Linux), %ANT_HOME%\bin (on Windows) to your PATH
get jboss-<release>-src.tar.gz from http://www.jboss.org/jbossas/downloads
Browse to build directory and run ant
Once finished the binaries will be under jboss-<release>.GA-src\build\output\jboss-<release>.GA
Installing JBoss Application Server
Unpack the compressed archive
This is the typical installation method because it is the easiest
Alternatively, install the source-built binary
Not a common installation method
Set JBOSS_HOME to the root folder of JBoss.
You can also add $JBOSS_HOME/bin (Linux) or %JBOSS_HOME%\bin (Windows) to your PATH in case you want to run your server from the command-line.
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