NetBeans Installer FAQ

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What information is needed for a successful bug report.

The following information will help engineers investigate the problem you have encountered:

  • File an issue through Bugzilla for the nbi component.
  • Provide a description of what happened from the user's perspective.
  • Describe the initial state of the target system (what components were installed).
  • List the actions you have performed (list of components selected for installation, list of components selected for uninstallation, etc.)
  • Is the bug reproducible in one installer session or it is required to run several sessions? (In the latter case provide item #3 data for each session)
  • Attach log files for each session (usually located at ~/.nbi/log/*.log).
  • Attach the local product registry file (usually located at ~/.nbi/registry.xml).

How to clean up the system from previous installations

Delete the following data:

  • Delete the ~/.nbi directory (%USERPROFILE%\.nbi on Windows).
  • Delete the installation directories of the components you have installed.
  • Delete the desktop and start menu/applications shortcuts.
  • On the Windows platform, delete all nbi* registry entries from the following registry keys:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall and

How to uninstall NetBeans in Mac OS X

  1. Go to the Finder and open the Applications window. Find the NetBeans folder you want to uninstall
  2. Drag-and-drop NetBeans folder to trash

How to perform silent installation

  • On the first system, run installer with --record <statefile> switch (e.g. --record state.xml) and install everything you need. After finishing installation state.xml file would be created
  • Review and edit the statefile (it's an XML file, with, hopefully, pretty self-explaining format)
  • On the other systems, run the installer again, supplying the statefile and specifying the silent mode, --silent --state <statefile> (e.g. --silent --state state.xml)
  • Everything should be installed correctly after the instaler process finishes.

What other commandline options are there to automate the installation process?

NBI Command Line Options, NetBeans Installer Tips And Tricks

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