Jabref 5.3.1

Paul A. Rubin parubin73 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 19:31:38 UTC 2021

On 7/22/21 2:25 PM, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
> Am 22.07.21 um 20:12 schrieb Wolfgang Engelmann:
>> Am 22.07.21 um 17:32 schrieb Paul A. Rubin:
>>> On 7/22/21 9:31 AM, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
>>>> There is a new Jabref (5.3.1) available under
>>>> https://www.fosshub.com/JabRef.html
>>>> There is a download for Ubuntu+Debian
>>>> and a Linux portable.
>>>> I wanted to try the latter, but don't know how to run it.
>>>> Could somebody advice me?
>>>> Wolfgang
>>> Download the archive file and extract it, which will create a folder 
>>> named JabRef which in turn contains bin and lib folders. Put that 
>>> folder wherever you want it. (Since this is the portable version, I 
>>> suspect you might want it on a thumb drive.)
>> Strange:
>> ~/Downloads/JabRef/bin$ ./JabRef
>> Error opening "/home/wolfgang/Downloads/JabRef/lib/app/JabRef.cfg" 
>> file: No such file or directory
>> ??
>> I am on Debian 11
>> Could the existing older JabRef be the cause?
>> Wolfgang
> The JabRef contains two folders,
> bin
> and lib
> in bin is JabRef
> in lib is a folder runtime
>   which contains lib, conf, bin, legal as folders
> where is JabRef.cfg ? >
> find -iname 'JabRef.cfg'
> ./lib/app/JabRef.cfg
> why is it not found?
> Wolfgang
Strange indeed. I do not encounter that error on my system (Linux Mint, 
which is Ubuntu-based and pretty compatible with Debian), with the 
extracted program in exactly the same folder (~/Downloads). I have 
JabRef 3.8.2 installed, and it does not interfere with launching the 
portable version.

You might try shifting the terminal to the ~/Downloads/JabRef folder and 
running "bin/JabRef", but I suspect the same error will occur.

A nonprinting control character embedded in the path might cause the 
file not found error, but it is very hard to see how one might get into 
the path.

You could also try copying the JabRef folder to /tmp and repeat the 
experiment there. If running ./JabRef in /tmp/JabRef/bin works, a stray 
character in the path becomes more plausible.

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