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)
java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Malformed \uxxxx encoding.
at java.util.Properties.loadConvert(Unknown Source)
at java.util.Properties.load(Unknown Source)
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).