Installing Creator on Ubuntu Linux

My laptop hard drive recently went on the blink. I look at a hard disk failure as an opportunity rather than a panic attack. Replacing my hard drive usually gives me the opportunity to try out new Linux distributions. There has been lots of hype around Ubuntu lately so I thought I would give it a try. I installed Kubuntu (KDE version of Ubuntu) 5.10. Since I had Knoppix on my disk before, I immediately had to get used to the fact that Ubuntu didn't install the world + the universe. This is goodness. One has to remember, however, that more packages will have to be added later. Since Ubuntu is based on Debian, updating and installing are very simple. Don't get me wrong. I really love Knoppix and still run it on two of my personal machines.

So to get to the topic, in setting up my machine for Java Studio Creator development, I ran into a problem installing the Sun Application Server Platform Edition (PE). Since Creator installs PE during its installation, you will see something during the installation complaining about missing libstdc++ libraries. Here's how to get around that.

  1. do dpkg -L libstdc++5 to see if you already have the libstdc++5 package installed. If you do, a list of the installed files will show up like this:
    /.
    /usr
    /usr/share
    /usr/share/doc
    /usr/share/doc/libstdc++5
    /usr/share/doc/libstdc++5/copyright
    /usr/share/doc/libstdc++5/README.Debian
    /usr/share/doc/libstdc++5/changelog.Debian.gz
    /usr/lib
    /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.5.0.7
    /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.5
    
  2. If you don't see the list of files, you'll need to install the libstdc++5 package by running these commands as root.

    apt-get update
    apt-get install libstdc++5
    

  3. Next you need to create a symbolic link for the library in question by running this command as root.

    ln -s /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.5.0.7 /usr/lib/libstdc++-libc6.2-2.so.3
    

A special thanks to my team mate and fellow Linux head Marco Walther for helping me with this problem. Marco has Suse installed and was able to work out what symbolic links where needed.

Comments:

Another less painful way would have been:

apt-get install libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2
apt-get install libstdc++2.10-dev

You can avoid the soft links this way. I think debian/ubuntu put the compat-libstdc libraries in this name, kinda confusing...

Posted by Lloyd Meinholz on February 13, 2006 at 11:59 AM MST #

Another less painful way would have been:

apt-get install libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2
apt-get install libstdc++2.10-dev

You can avoid the soft links this way. I think debian/ubuntu put the compat-libstdc libraries in this name, kinda confusing...

Posted by guest on February 13, 2006 at 12:00 PM MST #

Can you tell me where I might get info on installing and using Creator under Suse Linux, as referenced in the Ubuntu article? Thank you, pm..

Posted by Pat Martini on March 13, 2006 at 12:34 PM MST #

What's your problem? I develop/install/test Creator allmost exclusively on SuSE Linux versions (9.2, 9.3, 10.0 currently). I don't see any problems;-) So it would help if you could be a bit more specific;-) I've also some random information on Creator @ different Linux distros at my blog;-) Thanks, -- Marco

Posted by Marco Walther on March 14, 2006 at 02:23 AM MST #

Method works with Edgy Eft (6.10) as well...

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2006 at 07:33 PM MST #

Hi there, I am quite new in Linux world. I just installed Java Studio Creator. Everything went ok. But I can't find the program icon anywhere. So, I could not run the program. Right after the installation, It did run the program but after that I could not locate the program anywhere. I have my creator folder but could not find anything that will open the IDE. Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks Rafiq Ahmad

Posted by Rafiq Ahmad on July 02, 2007 at 08:07 PM MDT #

Where you installed Creator, there should be a "bin" directory. Simply run the "creator" command in that directory. Hint: most safe Linux distros do not include "." in the path for security reasons so if you change to the directory, you'll need to run "./creator".

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