netbeans – it doesn’t start in ubuntu

abril 25, 2016

I’ve installed netbeans on Ubuntu 16.04 from the official repositories.

sudo apt-get install netbeans

It opened correctly but I noticed it didn’t have all the plugins I required. First, i tried to install them from “Help | About | Plugins”. It complained about not having permission to extract/install the plugin. So, I closed netbeans and started it with root user, then it finished adding the plugins but when I tried to start it again with my regular user it wouldn’t boot.

I decided to remove netbeans repositorie’s version and instead download and install manually.

sudo apt-get purge netbeans

I’ve downloaded and extracted the OS independent full version of netbeans on my home directory ‘~/Apps/netbeans/8.1’ but when I tried to start it from the terminal nothing happened.

As it happens, the problem was that when I started netbeans as root it changed ownership of some files on two folders: ~/.netbeans and ~/.cache/netbeans

The solution is to delete those folders (those will be recreated when starting netbeans) and start netbeans again as a regular user.

sudo rm -rf ~/.netbeans ~/.cache/netbeans

Sources:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=164323
http://wiki.netbeans.org/FaqLogMessagesFile

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