I recently (January 2004) began to use FreeMind at work, and I therefore decided to package it.

It's better explained on their homepage but FreeMind is a kind of Mind Mapping tool, and I like to use it in order to take notes, where I have a lot of information, which I keep in a rather organized/disorganized way (if you understand what I mean).

Debian packages

There is currently an installable debian package freemind_0.7.1-3_all.deb as well as the sources for the package:

As an alternative, you can add the two following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

        deb ./
        deb-src ./

And just use "apt-get install freemind" to install the package. One small warning: the package will only properly install if you have Java installed as a Debian-package (e.g. j2re1.4, Blackdown Java).

A small side note, the creation of the Debian apt-get repository goes as follows:

  1. Copy all files listed above to a directory.
  2. In the directory, call
    # dpkg-scansources ./ /dev/null | gzip -9 > Sources.gz
    # dpkg-scanpackages ./ /dev/null | gzip -9 > Packages.gz
  3. In the same directory, create a file called Release with a content similar to:
            Archive: freemind
            Component: contrib
            Origin: deb=at=zorglub
            Label: freemind
            Architecture: all
            Description: Freemind sources and binary
  4. Upload the whole stuff, finito!

RPM packages

For SuSE distributions

There is currently an installable RPM package freemind-0.7.1-6.noarch.rpm, as well as a source package freemind-0.7.1-6.src.rpm.

Those packages have only be tested with SuSE 8.2, I'd be happy to hear about your mileage: if the binary package did install properly, if the source package did build properly, and, if not, what you did to make build/install properly (I could then try to consider it in my package).

The same warning concerning Java needs to be applied: it needs to have been installed as an RPM-package. Here the situation is a bit more complicated because Java comes in two flavours with SuSE 8.2:

  1. The package BlackdownJava2-JRE does work perfectly but there isn't a corresponding JDK (only important if you plan to rebuild from source). It is the recommended solution for simple users.
  2. The two packages java2 and java2-jre (delivered with SuSE 8.2, from Sun) do work well with Freemind, but the Java plugin doesn't work with Mozilla 1.6 (a compiler problem). I wouldn't recommend this package.
  3. Last but not least, I grabbed the Blackdown J2SDK source package and used it to build new java2 and java2-jre packages, which work perfectly, thank you, and which I would recommend. (they are also in version 1.4.2 and the original ones only in version 1.4.1)

For Non-SuSE distributions

I have neither Mandrake nor Red-Hat/Fedora on my PC, so I rely on friends' and strangers' help to test and build these packages.

From Binary RPMs

From a friend, I've got the following binary packages:

You need to have j2re already installed, or have j2sdk plus j2sdk-provides-j2re-1.4.2-2.noarch.rpm.

In both cases, you need to set JAVA_HOME or put java in the PATH, in order for FreeMind to work (see the man-page freemind(1) for more details).

From Source RPMs

Currently the source package for SuSE should work if you have ant and the j2sdk package on your machine (rpm -q ant and rpm -q j2sdk will tell you). In this case, download the source package and try the following:

        [1]$ rpmbuild --rebuild freemind-[...].src.rpm
        (a file like /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/noarch/freemind-[...].noarch.rpm
        should have been created. Take care of the output, ignore messages
        saying that the user ericl doesn't exist.)
        (now as root)
        [2]# rpm -Uvh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/noarch/freemind-[...].noarch.rpm

If the second step as root does fail with a failed dependency on the j2re package, just download and install the Java dummy package with rpm -Uvh j2sdk-provides-j2re-1.4.2-2.noarch.rpm before you repeat the second step.

Gentoo packages

I never used and don't plan to use Gentoo (which is most probably a wonderful distribution, but I've got enough distros running for my pleasure :-) ). Nevertheless anonymous said on some mailing list:

	Freemind is setup on portage for gentoo

	emerge app-misc/freemind


So, you know it...


RPM Troubleshooting

I only have SuSE 8.2 at home and no plans currently to change this state. This means that the RPM packages have not been tested under RedHat, Mandrake, you name it.

The main problem currently occuring is the dependency towards the Java Runtime, as each distribution seems to have its own understanding of how the Java Runtime should be packaged.

So, if you want me to create a better RPM for your distribution, you need to give me some information:

And then I might be able to help you (I will try, which is more than I will do if you don't provide me with information).

FreeMind under Linux

Most people seem to think that, because you're relatively knowledgeable, they can tell you that something doesn't work, and you will be able to find out the solution, just like this!

Well, that's not exactly like this: first, I need to understand what the problem exactly is, and then I can try to solve it, especially if I've already seen and solved the problem. Think about your mechanic at the garage, if you give him a call and tell him "my car doesn't start" or "something is wrong with my car", would you expect him to tell you right away "Oh, yes, that's the plugs!". Most probably, he will ask to come by.
Well, that's exactly the same here, I can't ask you to come by, but if you want good help, you'll need to give me good information.

It's easier than you might thought, just do the following steps, that should give us a good start:

  1. start a console, e.g. Alt+F2, and type xterm or konsole or rxvt.
  2. in the console, type the following statements and send me the output of all these commands (i.e. select the commands and what they output, open an email and paste the stuff using the middle button of your mouse):

The result should look somewhat like this (error messages are OK, I like error messages!):

alice@wonderland:~> which java
alice@wonderland:~> java -version
java version "1.4.2-rc1"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build Blackdown-1.4.2-rc1)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build Blackdown-1.4.2-rc1, mixed mode)
alice@wonderland:~> rpm -qa | grep -i j
alice@wonderland:~> rpm -q freemind
alice@wonderland:~> env | grep -i j
alice@wonderland:~> freemind

Looking for user properties:

User properties found.
Default (System) Look & Feel: javax.swing.plaf.metal.MetalLookAndFeel
[Freemind-Developer-Internal-Warning (do not write a bug report, please)]: Tried to get view without being able to get map module.

Known Problems

Some known problems and feedback I already got:

  1. Fedora Core 2: the ant package delivered seems to be broken (version is 1.5.2, but my ant version is 1.5.1 and it works). Installing ant (and dependencies) from the JPackage Project seems to solve the problem.
  2. Sun's j2sdk package doesn't "provide" (in the rpm sense) j2re, though it provides the runtime engine capability together with the development kit. This would oblige one to install both j2sdk and j2re in order to develop and install Java programs with RPM. That's not really acceptable. Hence, if you have j2sdk installed, just install j2sdk-provides-j2re-1.4.2-2.noarch.rpm before installing FreeMind and here you go (The source package is available as well).
  3. Before building the source package of FreeMind, you can set the JAVA_HOME environment variable in order to set it correctly (the default in the spec file is static), e.g. with export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/j2sdk1.4.2_04 (actually the default for non-SuSE systems, /usr/lib/java being the default for SuSE systems).

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