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I installed Netbeans on my Ubuntu 11.10 machine. I used the combined method, so Netbeans and JDK are installed from a single file. However, now that it's installed I can't figure out how to start Netbeans. If I try to reinstall it says that Netbeans is already installed, but if I look in /usr/share/netbeans there are the installation files but nothing else. How do I run Netbeans?

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What is Logitech? – xiaohan2012 Dec 9 '11 at 4:26
I tried editing this, but I couldn't figure out your second paragraph at all – Michael Mrozek Dec 9 '11 at 4:47

Look for it:

sudo find / -name netbeans 2> /dev/null

If you get a location, it's installed. If not, I would suggest trying to use apt to install instead of the one-file method.

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You made my day. – quantme Dec 13 '12 at 20:57
thanks man, solved my problem :) – RezaSh Jan 27 '14 at 18:30

looks like the netbeans installer forgot to add a symlink

ln -s /usr/local/netbeans-7.0.1/bin/netbeans /usr/local/bin/netbeans

It would have made life easier for users if the install script did this.

(don't forget to update symlink when you upgrade netbeans version)

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cd /usr/local/netbeansx.x/bin
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Java before Netbeans...


#Delete the line below if you only want the "open" JDK & JRE
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre;

#Makes the /usr/lib/jvm in case...
sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/jvm

#Clean out /tmp...
sudo rm -rf /tmp/*
cd /tmp

#Update this line to reflect newer versions of JDK...
wget http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/7u1-b08/jdk-7u1-linux-i586.tar.gz;
tar -xvf ./*gz;

#Move it to where it can be found...
sudo mv /tmp/jdk1.7.* /usr/lib/jvm/;

#Add the new Java to the bin 
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_01/jre/bin/java 3;

#User chooses
sudo update-alternatives --config java;

exit 0;


# @author Yucca Nel
# Update as needed for newer Netbeans releases :D


#Clean out /tmp...
sudo rm -rf /tmp/*;
cd /tmp;

# Update this line to reflect newer versions of Netbeans or replace 
# 'javase with 'javaee' or add jee manually via Netbeans 'plugins as needed.
wget http://download.netbeans.org/netbeans/7.0.1/final/bundles/netbeans-7.0.1-ml-javase-linux.sh;
sh /tmp/*sh;

# Add Netbeans launcher to your PATH. Doing so allows you to run 
# 'netbeans' command from the terminal
sudo ln -s ~/netbeans-7.0.1/bin/netbeans /usr/local/bin/;

# If you use VirtualBox , you can share your projects between 
# Host and guest. Name of shared folder must match 'NetBeansProjects' 
# Remove this if you don't need...
sudo mkdir ~/NetBeansProjects;
sudo mount -t vboxsf NetBeansProjects ~/NetBeansProjects;
exit 0;
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You're running Unity in 11.10 by default, if you press the Meta (windows key), and type in netbeans,

You should be able to see few entries related to netbeans.

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you use the which command to find out location of any application (binary) installed.


$which netbeans
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