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Making Netbeans PHP IDE 6.8 work for Fedora 12

The yum repos for Fedora 12 contain some older version of Netbeans that fail to load out of the box. Moreover, php development is non-existent in the parallel universe of people who create repos for Fedora 12, and we have to live through it somehow…

Firstly, download the install script form the project site, I chose a php-only version.

Prepare and install:

sudo yum -y groupinstall "Java"
mv netbeans-6.8-ml-php-linux.sh ~/software
cd ~/software
sudo ./netbeans-6.8-ml-php-linux.sh

The installer runs at this stage, install everything with the default options. You will see the Netbeans menu item in Development, but this is still non-functional.

gedit ~/.bash_profile

Locate the PATH line and make it look like mine (if not done before):

export PATH


gedit ~/bin/netbeans.sh

Paste the following and save:

export AWT_TOOLKIT=XToolkit
/usr/local/netbeans-6.8/bin/netbeans --fontsize 10 --nosplash --laf javax.swing.plaf.metal.MetalLookAndFeel -J-Dswing.aatext=true -J-Dswing.metalTheme=ocean -J-Dawt.useSystemAAFontSettings=on

The above switches fonts anti-aliasing on and does some more good stuff. Edit the menu (yes, folks, KDE is back):

Netbeans PHP IDE on Fedora 12

Netbeans PHP IDE on Fedora 12

Launch and enjoy.

Netbeans PHP IDE running on Fedora 12

Netbeans PHP IDE running on Fedora 12

Netbeans is my final stop IDE for php 5.3. Zend Studio 5.5.1 I have been using for years and even had the paid license does not support 5.3 and the latter Studios for Eclipse are really not worth of mentioning.

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