Frequently Asked Questions Frequenty Asked Questions


Here you will find commonly asked questions of the ResCarta support team...


 We have suggested using Oracle (previously Sun Microsystems) JAVA for many years, but recent events has changed our thinking.

Oracle will no longer provide free continuing support (updates) for OpenJDK LTS versions at

AdoptOpenJDK does provide support at .

AdoptOpenJDK is now distributing OpenJDK msi installers. The installers will optionally updated the PATH and JAVA_HOME. We recommend removing Oralcle JAVA with the operating system supported method and installing OpenJDK 11 LTS.  Version 7.0.2 of the ResCarta Toolkit supports OpenJDK 11.

AdoptOpenJDK is also providing updates to OpenJDK 8.

The most asked question concerns the use of 32bit JAVA on a 64bit machine.  It you are using a 64bit operating system, download the 64bit JAVA from Oracle.  The current url for JAVA 8 from Oracle is.   

Take care not to update to unsupported versions of 9, or 10

For those running "ix" operating systems ...

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-11-jdk


$ su -c "yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk"


During the installation of the ResCarta Toolkit you will see that the installer selects 32bit or 64bit options based on your installed JAVA. If you run 32bit JAVA on a 64bit machine you will get poor performance and have access to only one gigabyte of memory.

Most ResCarta problems over the years involve early untested releases of JAVA by Oracle. See the history of releases at wikipedia.  If you see a release date within a day or two of another release date, chances are you will be experiencing some malfunction.  We advise updating JAVA only if you need to do so for some known reason.




64 bit machines

64 bit machines and 64 bit JAVA


Most machines purchased in the last few years are going to be 64 bit capable and running 64 bit operating systems.  The problem is that most web browsers are still 32bit by default.  When you are prompted to download JAVA in most cases the resulting JAVA installation will be 32 bit. This means that your machine will only use a maximum of 1.3 gigabytes of memory even if you have 4, 8 or 16 gigbytes of memory in your machine.

This will cause the ResCarta Toolkit to install a 32 bit version for your machine with the same memory limitations.

To see what JAVA you have installed, open a command prompt/terminal  and type the following...

java -version

You should see something like ...

java version "1.8.0_181"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_181-b11)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.181-b11, mixed mode)

If your results do not include the  "64-Bit Server VM" statement then remove your currently installed JAVA and remove the ResCarta Toolkit if you have already installed it. (Don't worry we will keep the settings you already have).  Then go to

and select the Windows Offline (64-bit)  or Linux x64 RPM or Mac OS X  from the page.

Also if running on Debian, Ubuntu, etc.

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre

or if running Fedora, RedHat Enterprise, etc.

$ su -c "yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk"



Symbolic links

How do I create a website where I use portions of several different data stores?  I have three different RCDATA01 datastores on my windows machine and want to use just a portion of each datastore.

The answer is easy.  Use the windows mklink to create another datastore with only portions of the other datastores.

The implementation is a little less easy but not that difficult.

Step one: Create a new RCDATA01 directory somewhere on your machine.

C:\> Mkdir NewData

C:\> cd NewData

C:\NewData> Mkdir RCDATA01

C:\NewData> cd RCDATA01

Step two: Create links to some existing directories in the new datastore

C:\NewData\RCDATA01> mklink /J fpc00000 C:\Users\ResCarta\Desktop\ResCarta-Sample\RCDATA01\fpc00000

C:\NewData\RCDATA01> mklink /J wionrfi0 D:\RCDATA01\wionrfi0

or to use just one institution's data

C:\NewData\RCDATA01> mkdir wecv0000

C:\NewData\RCDATA01> cd wecv0000

C:\NewData\RCDATA01\wecv0000> mklink /J 20121211 C:\ResCarta-Sample\RCDATA01\wecv0000\20121211

C:\NewData\RCDATA01\wecv0000> mklink /J 20130108 C:\ResCarta-Sample\RCDATA01\wecv0000\20130108

Step three: Start your Collection manager and open C:\NewData\RCDATA01\

Create your collections and add what ever items you may like.

Save the Collection metadata and close the Collecion manager

Step four: Start your indexer and create an index in C:\NewData\RCDATA01\

Step five: Add a new ResCarta-Web application to your web server and point its data source to C:\NewData\RCDATA01\


Yes, Virginia, you can do this with Linux and OSX as well using symbolic links.



Mac Bug found

February 19, 2013

Mac OSX users may have had a hard time with image viewing since the last JAVA update.  We have a fix ready for you in a snapshot release.

The bug would not allow images from pdfs and some jpg files from displaying properly in the Metadata Creation Tool.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

The fix can be found at the downloads page or just click here.


Version 6 Windows 10 Shortcuts Missing

March, 2015

Some Windows 10 users are reporting missing shortcuts after installation of ResCarta Toolkit Version 6.  In cases reported these systems were upgraded from Windows 7 and had Version 5.1.x of the tools with shortcuts.

We are working on the Windows 10 installer to find the problem.  Till then you can download the from our Sourceforge server.  Unzip the file to a temporary location on your Windows 10 machine and then move the directory "ResCarta Tools 6.0.0" to this location on your system "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ResCarta Tools 6.0.0"  The quotes are necessary due to the spaces in the names.

 Download 6.0.1 to remedy this problem when it arrives.

The Recipe

Second mouse click on the Start Icon to open   Command Prompt(Admin)

Then change directory to the location where you unzipped the "ResCarta Tools 6.0.0" menu and paste the following command

move "ResCarta Tools 6.0.0"  "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\"

Your shortcuts should now appear in the ALL APPS menus