I'm trying to run MeV on Ubuntu 12.10 and encountering an error that is far outside of my expertise (log pasted at the end of the email). I tried searching your 'Help' section and found some threads about issues with Java 7, so I downgraded to 6, but that made no difference.
I used to run MeV on earlier versions of Ubuntu, and both the installation and execution were trouble-free. I'd be really grateful for any help!
./tmev.sh: 41: [: -a: unexpected operator
Attempting to build jri Library
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Running auto conf to check R_HOME, JAVA_HOME and other JRI setting compatibility
checking build system type… x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking host system type… x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
./configure: line 1801: R: command not found
could not determine R_HOME
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Compiling libjri.so & JRI.jar
make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.
ls: cannot access jri/libjri.so: No such file or directory
ls: cannot access jri/src/*.jar: No such file or directory
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Copying files to MeV lib directory
cp: cannot stat `jri/libjri.so': No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat `jri/src/JRI.jar': No such file or directory
ls: cannot access lib/libjri.so: No such file or directory
-rw-r-r- 1 zaneta zaneta 34832 Sep 28 2011 lib/JRI.jar
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Removing compiled files from jri folder
rm: cannot remove `jri/libjri.so': No such file or directory
rm: cannot remove `jri/src/JRI.jar': No such file or directory
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> DONE !!!
MultiExperimentViewer - version 4.8.1 - Linux
Java Runtime Environment version: 1.6.0_24
Java Runtime Environment vendor: Sun Microsystems Inc.
Java Virtual Machine name: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM
Java Virtual Machine version: 20.0-b12
Java Virtual Machine vendor: Sun Microsystems Inc.
Java 3D Runtime Environment: Java 3D Core Runtime Environment
Java 3D Runtime Environment vendor: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Java 3D Runtime Environment version:1.2
Operating System name: Linux
Operating System version: 3.5.0-21-generic
Operating System architecture: amd64
MeV Build: 2727
MeV Revision Date: 2011/12/16 11:21:19
MeV Branch: https://mev-tm4.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/mev-tm4/trunk
Exception in thread "main" java.awt.HeadlessException
Just solved the problem, I'm posting the answer in case someone else has the same issue. It was trivial in the end - javaws did not get installed automatically with java, I added it and MeV now runs.