Since MeCat is written in the interpreter language Java it can run wherever there is a Java Virtual Machine supporting the version 5.0.
At the moment I only know of one Virtual Machine able to do so, that is the one from sun.
Since for most operating systems it is best to use the operating system dependent installer,
I built some installing scripts for the most common operating systems.
For the following OSs I did a script:Ubuntu there are only some remarks that could help you install. If your operating system is none of the above, then you might want to use MeCat manually.
Manual use of MeCatIn order to run MeCat manually, you need 4 things.
/opt/sun-jdk-22.214.171.124/bin/java -cp /usr/share/xerces-2/lib/xercesImpl.jar:dist/mecat-1.4.5.jar net/sourceforge/mecat/catalog/gui/splasher/SplasherIf the two files xercesImpl.jar and mecat-1.4.5.jar are in the same directory, the following command should suffice:
java -jar mecat-1.4.5.jar
Manual use of modules
In order to use a module manually, the zip-file of the module has to be downloaded and unpacked. The zip-file contains a jar-file (the module itself), a "mecat.module" file (text-format configuration file) and manuals (ReadMe.txt).
The file with the ending "mecat.module" needs to be in one of two places, either in /usr/share/mecat/modules or in the same directory as the mecat-*.jar file. This way, MeCat will find the module next time it starts.
The file with the ending "mecat.module" needs to be adapted by hand. The links in the file need to be consistent with files in the file system. For further information about those files one should read the ReadMe.txt.