Bibliography Manager Installation Instructions


To be able to use this application, You must have a JRE (Java Runtime Environment) or a JDK (Java Development Kit) with version or above 1.5.0 installed. Your java binary must be in the path otherwise the batch file for the windows or the shell file for Un*x systems will not work.

If you have more than one versions of Java installed you will have to change your shell file or you batch file to point to one of them that is of version 1.5.0 or above.

Information about the distribution files

To install the application as you could imagine you have to download one of the two files available on the web site depending what compression fomat you like. The first one is a tar file zippes with the bzip2 compression program and the second is a traditional zip file.
The contents of the two files are exactly the same however. The reason I have two different files is because if you are a Windows user you are more comfortable in using winzip as a compression program and if you are a Un*x most probably you use tar with gzip or bzip2.

So after you download the file that you feel most comfortable with, unzip it. Now you have a directory that contains:

  • a jar file named bibliography-manager.jar
  • a jar file named hsqldb.jar
  • one .bat file named bibman.bat
  • one .sh file named
  • one directory named dataset
  • one directory named datadir

The two bibman files are the batchfiles needed from java in order to execute a jar file. You choose bibman.bat if you are a Windows user and if you are Un*x user. There is a possibility that you will have to edit to make it point at the path where your shell interpreter (e.g bash) is installed in your system if it is not in /bin/ but that is more or less unlikely.

The file bibliography-manager.jar is the application file and the one the two batch files call. You can call it directly by using the command "java -jar bibliography-manager.jar" or use one of the two files mentioned in the previous paragraph.

The file hsqldb.jar contains the database engine and database driver the application uses. The name ot the database used in this application is Hypersonic SQL and hence the name of the file. You do not use this file directly. That means that you do not have to do anything with it. The application uses it internally.

The directory dataset holds the initial SQL files used to create and populate the database with the appropriate data. It will not be required from you to touch anything in this directory.

The directory datadir is the directory that will hold in the future all the files created by the database engine that exists in the application. You will not have to touch anything in this directory.

The installation steps

To install the application you will have to go through three steps.

First step: Start the application. If you are using linux, you may see some exceptions. These are thrown because the application is trying to read from database and it cannot find one. You are going to tell it where that database is.

Second step: In the menu File you will find an option with name configure. Click it and a small window will come up with three fields. These three fields configure where the datadir and dataset directories are and what will be the name of the database the application is going to work with. Because of the way the distribution archive is setup you do not need to change anything. Just hit the save button and then close the configure window.

Third step: Now the configuration of the application is ready. The only thing missing is for you to restart the application so it can load the tables it needs from the database.

You have finished the configuration. Now go to the manual section of the application site to see how to use it.