I upgraded to Jabref 5.2 today (downloaded and installed the DEB file on Ubuntu 20.04), from Jabref 5.0. I have a hidpi display and previously adjusted the screen scaling according to the installation documentation:
This worked fine with JabRef 5.0, but with 5.2 the
-Dglass.gtk.uiScale setting is ignored and everything appears very small, irrespective of the value set for uiScale.
My current configuration file at
I have not tried the standalone version as I would like to avoid manually creating all the application startup shortcuts and the DEB does this automatically. Any ideas?
Edit: the standalone version also does not work. I was assuming it is distributed as a jar file but it is not, otherwise I could have tried to launch the option on the command line à la
java -Dglass.gtk.uiScale=1.5 -jar JabRef.jar
The issue with the HiDPI scaling is a Java(FX) bug which will be hopefully fixed in the next version.
Meanwhile, you can find the script which calls JabRef with parameters in the file
"$DIR/java" -p "$DIR/../app" -m org.jabref/org.jabref.gui.JabRefLauncher "$@"
I guess the deb file also just calls this. So you could add the option
-Dglass.gtk.uiScale=1.5 before the
Thanks for the pointer, this worked after an additional workaround.
After the deb installation, the executable file in the path is a link
/opt/bin/jabref -> /opt/jabref/bin/JabRef
However, the target file is a binary file, and executing this does not respect any changes made to the script
/opt/jabref/lib/runtime/bin/JabRef. By changing the link in
/opt/bin to point to the script
/opt/jabref/lib/runtime/bin/JabRef rather than the binary executable
/opt/jabref/bin/JabRef, I could get it to work.
For anyone else having this trouble, I did not see the link referred to here after installing the DEB. After altering the script suggested by @Siedlerchr, I had to edit
/opt/jabref/lib/jabref-JabRef.desktop as follows: replace the line
Exec=/opt/jabref/lib/runtime/bin/JabRef. After that, JabRef launches from the application shortcut while respecting the scaling factor.