SOLVED > Re: jabref 5 on debian

Wolfgang Engelmann engelmann at
Mon Jan 6 18:49:40 UTC 2020

Am 06.01.20 um 14:35 schrieb Rich Shepard:
> On Mon, 6 Jan 2020, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
>> I downloaded Jabref_5.0-1_amd64.deb from 
>> to my Download folder (Debian bullseye/sid).
>> How do I get now jabref to work? It says, it is distributed with 
>> bundled Java runtime Environment > no need for java installation.
> Wolfgang,
> JabRef has many unresolved issues. Some versions required not only 
> specific
> Java versions but would work only with Oracle's JDK and not openJDK. I 
> had
> extensive e-mail exchanges with one of the lead developers about these
> issues and he told me that he, too, was frustrated by their (the devs)
> inability to resolve them. I dropped Jabef for kbibtex (which imported my
> jabrefdb.bib (which is still its name) and Riki helped me past the 
> initial
> hurdles of getting it to work.
> While I used JabRef for years I could no longer waste time getting it to
> work instead of using it when I needed to find appropriate references and
> insert them in documents I was writing. I encourage you to explore
> alternatives and spend your time elsewhere rather than futzing with 
> JabRef.
> Such a change will help you have a happy new year. :-)
> Regards,
> Rich
Thanks, Rich, but I could install JabRef 5 via the Debian Discover 
Installer without problems.


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