OZ1LMG, Vagn gave me a good and really short list of things to do, to get vna/J up and running on Linux Mint 19.1 (Ubuntu).

 Here his guidance:

  1. Add your linux user to the group tty and dialout 
  2. Attach the miniVNA to your Linux computer 
  3. In an terminal you type dmesg and push enter
  4. In the bottom of the output there is something about USB ports .
  5. Remove the USB cable from the computer and then attach again
  6. In the terminal, again you type dmesg and you will see something like:  175.351485] usb 2-1.7: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB1
  7. Now you can test your VNA in USB1 and you are up and running  (VNA 3.2.10 and Java 1.8.0_201)
  8. The port displayed in the last dmesg output must be selected inside vna/J

Jan, ON4AIN gave me his updated list:

  1. download vnaJ.x.x.x.jar file
  2. Add your linux user to the group tty and dialout 
  3. With the minivna not plugged in, do 'sudo lsusb' - note how many devices you see
  4. Plug in the minivna usb cable.
  5. Do 'sudo lsusb' again - note that there should be one more device listed now
  6. Type dmesg and you will see something like:  175.351485] usb 2-1.7: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0.  (alternatively points 4-6 can be done by running "sudo tail -f /var/log/syslog | grep -i usb" in a separate terminal window before plugging in the minivna, and check what usbTTYx comes up when you plug it in)
  7. Now you can test your VNA in USB0: start vnaJ GUI by running command "java -jar vnaj.3.3.10.jar" (using VNA 3.2.10 and Java 1.8.0_201)
  8. The port displayed in the dmesg (ttyUSBx) output must be selected inside vna/J

Note: When running headless (using vnaJ-hl.3.2.10.jar), the driverport parameter should be -DdriverPort=ttyUSBx  (ttyUSB without the path)

"Timeout" or "Check communication port" problems with newer versions of vna/J - check this post. 
 
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