4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 13, 2008 8:16 AM by JWG

    "Checking for Latest Version" looping; cannot log in to Admin Console



      "Checking for Latest Version" looping; cannot log in to Admin Console

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      How does one get around the problem of the FMS9 Java Web Start program for admin console looping when it apparently cannot determine if there exists a "latest version" of the software?


      I read in the knowledge base that one may turn off the version checking, but that is only possible if one can log in.


      Trying to get to the admin console start page via 192.168.1.xxx:16000 does not work either. 


      If I press the "cancel" botton, it cancels the whole Java Web Start program, not just the version checking process.


      Any ideas?


      Note:  FMS9 on Dual 2.5GHz PowerMac G5; 3GB Ram 

        • 1. Re: "Checking for Latest Version" looping; cannot log in to Admin Console

          Hi JWG,

          Thanks for your post!


          If you haven't already, try updating to the latest version of FileMaker Server 9 and rebooting prior to launching the Admin Console.  You can download the latest version here:



          If you're already at the latest version, try a disconnect from the ethernet and/or turn off the wireless connection and then access the Admin Console via 


          Although the message is "Checking for Latest Version" this may not necessarily mean that FileMaker Server is stuck looking for the latest version.  I've come across a case where there was an issue with FileMaker Server in the background, but it was hanging on the 'Checking for Latest Version' screen.  You may want to consider an un/re-install of the software with any background applications turned off.


          Let me know how everthing works out or if you've already gone through these steps let me know and we can continue moving toward a resolution.



          FileMaker, Inc. 

          • 2. Re: "Checking for Latest Version" looping; cannot log in to Admin Console

            Hi there


            Try removing the Java app from > spotlight "java" > Java preferences > security > view cache files > remove selected application


            Then go back to admin console page and try downloading the console application again.




            • 3. Re: "Checking for Latest Version" looping; cannot log in to Admin Console

              I think I found the source of the problem, but not the solution.  Perhaps you can read the following report and figure out what I am missing (tried reloading and bypassing the link in the java application that I normally double-click to start the FMS9 admin console).  Thanks in advance.  BTW, I run on OS 10.4.11.


              Java applications broken after Java Update 2 (OS X 10.5), Release 7 (OS X 10.4)

              Many users who have installed the latest Java updates from Apple (Java Update 2 for Mac OS X 10.5.x and release 7 for Mac OS X 10.4) are experiencing a problem in which many, if not all, of their Java applications do not run.

              Apple Discussions poater liam110:

              "I just downloaded/installed the latest Java update. jEdit, JDiskReport, jDiskUsage - the list goes on - all my Java apps fail."

              Users have tried downloading and reapplying the latest Java updates with no success. In addition, running permissions fixes and other maintenance scripts are ineffective. Based on user investigation, it appears that this problem is caused by a failure in a symbolic link within the application package to the executable Java system resources on the hard drive.

              In native OS X applications, the application package contains the executable file buried in a folder structure as follows:

              • Appname.app/Contents/MacOS/appname

              While in most OS X applications the "appname" is the executable binary file that runs, for Java applications that are packaged in ".app" format this is a link to the executable at the following path on the hard drive:


              (NOTE: For 64-bit applications the path is the same, but the executable file is "JavaApplicationStub64")

              If the link to this file is not working, then the applications will not start correctly. As such, users have fixed this problem by bypassing the symbolic link in the affected Java applications. In addition to this fix, there are several possible workarounds for this problem.


              Redownload the affected application Users might first try downloading either the current version or an update of the affected Java application. Users with fully updated systems have been able to successfully download and run the applications that are causing problems for others, and as such it is possible a freshly downloaded application package could contain intact links to the "JavaApplicationStub" file. Redownloading the application may get the links working again.

              Use the .jar version of the application While OS X supports bundled java applications for portability and simplicity, most come in nonpackaged "jar" format as well, and run just as well as the packaged version. The only difference is support files may be placed in various locations in the user's home folder, and the application itself will have application resources in folders and subdirectories around it instead of bundled in the .app file.


              Bypass the links in the Java applications Instead of having the application target the "JavaApplicationStub" system resources via links, copy the resource directly to the application. To do this, in a Finder window navigate to the following directory:


              Then right-click the "JavaApplicationStub" file and choose "Copy 'JavaApplicationStub'" from the contextual menu or highlight the file and press command-C.

              Then locate and right-click the problematic java application and choose "Show Package Contents" from the contextual menu. Navigate to the /Contents/MacOS/ folder and there should be an alias file with the name of the application in lowercase letters. Drag that file to the trash, and then press command-V to paste (copy) the "JavaApplicationStub" file to the current folder that contained the alias. Rename the copied "JavaApplicationStub" file to the same, lowercase name as the trashed alias, and then close the Finder window and try opening the application. This should fix the problem.

              Users might be tempted to create an alias of the "JavaApplicationStub" file and copy that to the application contents folder, but this will not work and will give an error about unsupported architecture. In order to recreate the link, users must create a "symbolic link", which has subtle differences to aliases, but given that the "JavaApplicationStub" file is only 60KB, copying it to affected applications as described should suffice. 

              • 4. Re: "Checking for Latest Version" looping; cannot log in to Admin Console

                Got FMS9 up and running again, but I do not know why!

                Could be the combination of things, I do not know.

                I did 3 things:

                1. Bypassed the link in the Admin. Console java application (but that by itself did not fix the problem)

                2. Reloaded FMS9 (but that by itself did not solve the problem)

                3. Applied the Security Update 2008-007 (PPC) (after reboot that fixed the problem).

                I hope this helps anyone else who encounters the same problem.