Ubuntu – Netbeans 7.0.1 installed but won’t run

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I installed Netbeans 7.0.1, and I've made sure to install all the JDKs and JREs I could find. It installed without errors. I also saw this question and made sure I followed all the instructions there as well.

I never got any error messages of any kind. So far as I know, it installed okay.

However, when I try to run Netbeans, I get no response. If I run it from the command line, after about 30 seconds, the prompt just comes back. There's no error message of any kind to let me know what's wrong.

$ /bin/sh "/home/dave/netbeans-7.0.1/bin/netbeans"

What's the issue, and how do I get Netbeans to run?

New command line output as a result of following instructions offered in an answer:

$ sudo update-alternatives --config java
There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java).

  Selection    Path                                      Priority   Status
* 0            /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/bin/java   1061      auto mode
  1            /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/bin/java   1061      manual mode
  2            /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/bin/java       63        manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 2
update-alternatives: using /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/bin/java to provide /usr/bin/java (java) in manual mode.
$ /bin/sh "/home/dave/netbeans-7.0.1/bin/netbeans"

Best Answer

ok, dave, since you posted as a search term ubuntu 11.10.. ill assume you are running Ubuntu 11.10.. :D

I am running also the same version, fully updated today, the version im running is 64-bits, but that shouldn't make the difference.

This is what i did to install netbeans 7.0.1 on my box:

1) Download Netbeans from their website: http://netbeans.org/downloads/index.html choose freely the version you need. (dont try to install it yet)

2) Install from the repos the openjdk 6: sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk

3) run the netbeans installer you downloaded previously:

 $ sh /path_to_downloaded_file/netbeans-7.0.1-ml-linux.sh

or if you want to make it easier for the eye, "cd" to the place where you saved the download, (usually the Downloads folder) and :

$ sh netbeans-7.0.1-ml-linux.sh

The installer should launch and check for the JDK, it also shouldn't say anything about the JDK (it displays a warning message only if it doesn't finds it).

Now you should be able to follow the installer without any problems.

I just downloaded and installed the full version without issues following this steps:

  488  clear
  489  cd Downloads/
  490  ls
  491  sh netbeans-7.0.1-ml-linux.sh  
  492  sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk 
  493  sh netbeans-7.0.1-ml-linux.sh 
  494  history 

I hope this works for you...

This is the reference where i found the solution that worked for me: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1873487&page=2

[Edit] Just in case, check the download checksum

$ md5sum netbeans-7.0.1-ml-linux.sh

It should return that it sais on the netbeans.org download page says, in my case thisis the output for the 204mb download:

$ md5sum netbeans-7.0.1-ml-linux.sh 
3559ec7d1ce1d4bcafd7eea98cc9c648  netbeans-7.0.1-ml-linux.sh