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Java runtime environment for Java 5.0

Download java from where you select jdk-1_5_0_11-linux-i586.bin or jdk-1_5_0_11-linux-amd64.bin depending on your distribution. Then use the crazysquirrel installation guide for Java found here: crazysquirrel.

Installing Xerces and unicode LaTeX

Installing Xerces and unicode LaTeX can be done with the following command:
aptitude install libxerces2-java latex-ucs

Install MeCat

Download mecat_1.4.5-1_all.deb into a directory and execute the following command:
dpkg -i mecat_1.4.5-1_all.deb