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    JBidWatcher is a nice eBay tool for searching, bidding and snipping on eBay, which I came across after some frustration with bidwatcher, availabe from repositories. As the author describes it:
    A Java-based application allowing you to monitor auctions you're not part of, submit bids, snipe (bid at the last moment), and otherwise track your auction-site experience. It includes adult-auction management, MANY currencies (yen, pound, dollar (US, Canada, Australian, and New Taiwanese), Swiss Francs, and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs, a unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris, and MacOSX from the same binary.
    Official Website: http://www.jbidwatcher.com/

    Requirements: you have to have Sun version of Java.

    1. Download the latest version here

    2. You may have it anywhere. However I crated a directory /usr/local/share/java and copied it there. It's up to you though.

    Code:
    sudo mkdir /usr/local/share/java
    sudo cp JBidWatcher-0.9.9.jar /usr/local/share/java
    3. Make a bash script to run it.
    Code:
    sudo gedit /usr/local/bin/jbidwatcher
    and paste the following:
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    java -jar /usr/local/share/java/JBidWatcher-0.9.9.jar
    Make the script executable:
    Code:
    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/jbidwatcher
    You are almost set. Just run from command line
    Code:
    jbidwatcher
    and enter your ebay user name and password.

    4. You can make a .desktop file for JBidWatcher to have it in your menu:

    Code:
    sudo gedit /usr/local/share/applications/jbidwatcher.desktop
    and insert the following text:
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Encoding=UTF-8
    Name=JBidWatcher
    Comment=Ebay watching and bidding tool
    Exec=jbidwatcher
    Icon=jbidwatch.xpm
    Terminal=false
    Type=Application
    Categories=Utility
    GenericName=JBidWatcher
    I use xfce and I've got menu entry in menu as soon as I created it. I am not sure if it will work in Gnome without activating it in some way.

    Overall it is up to you where to store jar file. The author suggests your home dir, but I like to keep it clean and tidy.

    The site has a Quick Start Guide, available here

    It is my first HOWTO here, so let me know if anything is wrong or unclear. Enjoy your bidding!
    Last edited by foxy123; November 28th, 2005 at 09:53 PM.

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