Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Installing yWriter5 In Ubuntu Karmic Koala

I happened upon the yWriter5 program and wanted to give it a try. But the Spacejock's instructions didn't work for me. I do admit to not following them completely as I'll explain. I followed the instructions given to unzip the files. Then I checked to see what version of Mono I had installed. Since I already had Mono 2.4, I skipped the step for installing Mono from source. This setup produced an error upon trying to launch the yWriter5. I used Google to find an answer and sure enough someone had solved this issue in the forums. The steps given in the forum were to uninstall and re-install Mono and add an install of the Visual Basic 2005 Runtime libraries. Once again I didn't quite follow the instructions given and went ahead and installed the Visual Basic 2005 Runtime libraries using Synaptic. I could now open and use yWriter5. This most likely worked because I already had the latest version of Mono installed. Evidently the Visual Basic 2005 Runtime library is not a dependency for all Mono related applications otherwise it would already have been installed. I hope this will help others to install and run yWriter5 easily.

For those interested in books that help you to write, on page 28 of this book the author plugs yWriter.


  1. I've got the same problem except I've got the latest of everything already installed. It just won't work for me now. It actually happened after I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04. It worked fine in 9.10 :(

    Any suggestions?

  2. Most likely 10.04 uses a different version of Mono. Perhaps re-installing Mono and the VB Runtime might help. I quit using the program since I found it just a bit too much for my style. Good luck and let us know what happens.


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