I did the netbeans/freeroute install on my new system and I can open my kicad dsn file and create a route. I then select to export a session file and this time I found it. It wasn't saved in the folder that the project file I opened with freeroute, but, rather the folder that housed that folder. I was then able to import that into PCB New in KiCAD. I created some Gerber files and sent them to my fabricator to see if they will work and that will solve my problem.
However, I'm still interested in getting freeroute to run withing KiCAD. If my system gets corrupted or I go to new OS or something I have to reinstall my apps and Freeroute/Netbeans is kind of involved. Putting a jar file in the KiCAD directory would be simpler, but, maybe I don't understand this correctly.
First, to launch freeroute within KiCAD to I need just the jar file or still need Netbeans, etc?
I ran $ whereis kicad and got
kicad: /usr/bin/kicad /usr/lib/kicad /usr/bin/X11/kicad /usr/share/kicad
So I put a copy of the jar file in each of these directories and it isn't working (and I have netbeans etc on this system).
First I want to make sure I have the right jar file. I downloaded the zip file from https://github.com/freerouting/freerouting and extracted it and renamed the jar file that was in the binaries folder to freeroute.jar. That file is 3.8 MB. While I was doing the netbeans install, part of the procedure was to download and add a jar file called jh.jar. It is only 500 some KB, but, is this maybe the missing jar file?
Does Anyone has any thoughts?