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I tend to work with javaws applications. I also have to set different proxies for them (for each javaws application). Up until today, I was using one application at a time, and manually changing proxies in java Control Panel.

My proxy properties are stored in ~/.javaws/deployment/ file.

I was wondering if it would be possible to start a javaws application which is using an other ~/.java directory, because this way I could run multiple javaws applications with different proxy settings at the same time.

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You could try changing your HOME environment variable (in the specific javaws startup script) to point to different folder, probably one being a sub directory of your regular /home/$USER

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i give it a try – asdmin Feb 17 '12 at 12:46

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