Monday, January 9, 2012

Updating Mendeley Desktop from version 1.1 to 1.3 in Ubuntu 11.10

Alright, so I was having issues updating MD.  I finally figured it out.  Stupid mistake by me.  I posted this in the Mendeley support forum:
I am having trouble upgrading from MD ver 1.1 to 1.3 in Ubuntu 11.10. I've looked everywhere for help but haven't found any. I noticed there (or I couldn't find it at least) is not an MD repository for Ubuntu 11.10. Is it because there (from what I have noticed) are some problems with dpgk and/or dependcies, etc., especially with new installations? I've tried deleting and re-downloading. I've tried running the update in the terminal, in the update manger, and in the software center. So far, nothing works. I don't want to delete and do a fresh install since Mendeley Desktop does not save preferences/settings for "Document Details" (unless there is a way and I do not know/ haven't found it). Any ideas, thoughts?

I answered it myself once I figured it out which wasn't long after I posted it!!
Ahh, what a sec. I may have found my mistake. I tried "sudo dpkg -i mendeleydesktop_1.3_amd64.deb" but didn't realize, until now, that I didn't specify the directory which is in Downloads in my home folder. I also didn't read the error closely which told me the file wasn't found in the directory I was using!! So I changed the directory and reran the command. Oh yeah, that worked! Doh! Sorry. Well if anyone overlooks stuff like me, then maybe this will help!

Just type sudo dpkg -i mendeleydesktop_1.3_amd64.deb in the terminal but make sure you point it to or are in the right directory. I had to do this since the commands sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install mendeleydesktop did not work for me. I think it has something to do with MD not having posted a repository for Ubuntu 11.10 yet (?).

Edit: 1-18-12 A new release just came out for MD, 1.3.1.  The update manager automatically installed it this time.