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Re: Mathematica 8 + OS X + McAfee = trouble; help?

On Jan 24, 2012, at 5:09 AM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:

> 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 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
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> Lederle Graduate Research Tower      phone 413 549-1020 (H)
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Me, as a newbie, I do not use McAfee.   On the Mac it is absolutely unnecessary.

I never used any antivirus program on any Mac in my life, starting from MacPlus to my nice MacBookPro.

Of course, if you want to suffer, YMMV :-)


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