Running the Java Keytool on Mac

Locate your java home directory by executing in Termal


This will return the full path to your java home directory on your Mac. Change into that directory and then you will be able to run the java keytool from there.

Here is a log of what I ran in Terminal on my Mac:

$ /usr/libexec/java_home
$ cd /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home
$ keytool

keytool documentation

Java Global Exception Handling

It’s been a while since I have worked with Java and it’s time for me to brush up so I have decided to do 30 days of Java. I will be attempting to learn something new or explain something about Java each day.

In many of my projects I use a remote error collecting service called ErrorStack. Love it! My apps throw errors over the internet to it and it generates report and has a myriad of ways to alert me. I do my best to write code that doesn’t have errors and handles errors and exception gracefully but it still happens. This is where the Java 1.5 setDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler comes in to play.

I wrote some quick code to test out the feature

package org.michaelgrace.sandbox;

public class GlobalErrorHandling {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    Handler handler = new Handler();
    throw new RuntimeException("party on error!");

class Handler implements Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler {
  public void uncaughtException(Thread t, Throwable e) {
    System.out.println("Where did that error come from?!");
    System.out.println("This is where I would report the error to ErrorStack");

I exported the class to a jar using Eclipse and ran it from the command line

mgrace$ java -jar global-error-test.jar 
Where did that error come from?!
This is where I would report the error to ErrorStack
party on error!

It worked!

I plan on building a class for making it easy to report errors to ErrorStack and will release it to the world when I do.