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Mathematica 8 + OS X + McAfee = trouble; help?
Under Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) I've been having persistent troubles getting the Mathematica 8.0.4 front end to connect with the kernel when I start the program, and to start the PacletManager, too. Evidently, the problem is caused by JLink not starting or running properly. After substantial direct help from Wolfram tech support, we've traced the problem to McAfee Security, specifically, Version 1.1.0 (1309), with its anti-malware version 9.1.0 (4478), engine version 5400.1158. Has anybody else encountered this? What happens is that with normal on-access scan enabled, the JLink problem occurs; with on-access scan disabled, the problem disappears. I'd like to be able to keep McAfee Security and simply specify the needed file exclusions from on-access scan. We've tried to exclude the entire Mathematica.app package (i.e., $InstallationDirectory) as well as /Library/Mathematica (i.e., $BaseDirectory), and even the entire $UserBaseDirectory. But that doesn't do the trick. Perhaps the exclusions need to include specific files in those directories, or even some Java files/directories. The Mac in question has the usual Apple 64- and 32-bit Javas, version 1.6.0_29-b11-402. Any suggestions? -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305