Launch Anywhere fails on Ubuntu 9

I ran into a problem installing (wait for it…..) Borland Together 2007 (gasp!) on Ubuntu this morning. The binary installation package failed to load with an interesting stack trace:

An internal LaunchAnywhere application error has occured and this application cannot proceed. (LAX)
Stack Trace:
java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Malformed \uxxxx encoding.
at java.util.Properties.loadConvert(Unknown Source)
at java.util.Properties.load(Unknown Source)
at com.zerog.lax.LAX.<init>(DashoA8113)
at com.zerog.lax.LAX.main(DashoA8113)

After some googling around, I discovered that Launch Anywhere often screws around with PS1, so changing this for the current shell resolves the issue:

$ export PS1=">"

And after that everything works fine (apart from having to use Together 2007 in the first place).

  1. #1 by Mark on June 28, 2011 - 1:40 am

    It worked! Thanks! 🙂

  2. #2 by Paul on September 22, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    Neat. I’ve seen this a few times on Ubuntu and Debian. This morning I was trying to install Avocent’s IP KVM software and it uses LaunchAnywhere. Low and behold the exact same issue you had and changing my prompt from my super colourful prompt to > worked. Cheers. Saved a lot of head scratching.

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