Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Humble Pie (:-/ Re: an alternative to Linux
- Thanks Ian,
I keep forgetting about apt-cache. Must be getting old and forgetful!
On 02/04/13 05:51, Ian Bennett wrote:
The apt-cache command will allow you to search for packages from the
command line. For example:
apt-cache search ax25
returns the following on my Xubuntu 12.04 installation:
ax25-apps - AX.25 ham radio applications
ax25-tools - tools for AX.25 interface configuration
ax25-xtools - tools for AX.25 interface configuration -- X11-based
ax25mail-utils - hamradio utilities for fbb
libax25 - ax25 library for hamradio applications
libax25-dev - ax25 library development files
linamc - Qt based AX-25 Mail Client
The package names are on the left. As we are talking about fbb, I'd do:
apt-get install ax25mail-utils
This will install the ax25mail-utils package, along with any
dependencies. Just keep an eye on the output of the command(s) as this
is extremely useful in fixing problems.
On 01/04/13 19:27, Ray Wells wrote:
> That's the spirit!!
> Specifically, what are you being asked/told re ax25. What was your
> action and what was the response? Can you cut and paste?
> In kernel ax25 each port has a name, as defined in axports. This can be
> essentially what you want it to be. You could call it 1, aprs, 5175 (to
> reference the frequency) vhf1, kerrysvhfport, etc. It could also be
> called ax0, ax1, etc to reflect the port name given by the kernel when
> it attaches a port with the kissattach command. The ports allocated
> start at 0 (zero) and increment with each additional port. For ax ports
> they would be ax0, ax1, ax2, etc. Netrom ports would be nr0, nr1, nr2,
> etc. In FBB you direct to the port name(s) specified in axports.
> Kissattach provides the link between software ports and hardware (real)
> ports. Com1 (in DOS) would be /dev/ttyS0, or more commonly these days,
> /dev/ttyUSB0 in Linux.
> Even with DOS FBB, it couldn't handle KISS ports directly. It handled
> WA8DED (something like that - my DOS FBB days ended in 1996) which
> required a special EPROM for the TNC. You might recall that under DOS
> (and Win95), BPQ was started as a TSR (Terminate & Stay Resident) to
> provide the interface between FBB and KISS, USCC, bpqether and a host of
> others hardware types. John Wiseman, G8BPQ, contributes to this list and
> I'm sure he would be happy to provide more info in this regard. BTW,
> thanks John, for your ongoing contribution to packet radio.
> A bit more inline ...
> On 01/04/13 15:48, vk4tub wrote:
>> greetings again from Oz
>> I know I said I was totally over Linux but I have to thank the group
>> for your words of encouragement have made me keep going and I do
>> thankyou all for that.
>> After a nights sleep and a morning coffee I started into my forth
>> solid day of installing and configuring fbb for Linux onto the
>> Rasberry PI.
>> Now I am no stranger to fbb and have been using the dos and windoze
>> versions for over 20 years and enjoy it very much. I have restarted my
>> BBS after a 7 year absence and when the PRI's came on the market I
>> immediately thought that what a great little bbs they would make
>> However all the effort to get it installed on the rasberian little box
>> has been a major undertaking and I have been on this for just over a
>> month now.
>> I can and have plenty of practise at installing the pi software and
>> setting up my PI's for networking and XRDP etc, and no problem finding
>> my way around the Linux GUI.
>> But I do have difficulty with the unknown commands that make it
>> possible to install software.
> If the package is in the repositories you can install it with sudo
> apt-get install <packagename>. That process will also take care of and
> dependencies, other software that your package needs. If you are
> installing a third-party deb package you will install it with sudo dpkg
> -i <packagename.deb>. You may or may not run into dependency issues.
> On package names, they are not always intuitive which makes apt-get a
> bit hit and miss. If you are using the gui on the RPI install synaptic
> (apt-get install synaptic) so you can search available packages based on
> words or partial words.
>> I had no idea how to extract, make ,make install, then configure the
>> software from the command line.
> Your best bet here is to consult some existing documentation that lists
> prerequisites for compiling source software. Charley k4gbb pointed you
> here http://k4gbb.no-ip.info/docs/Raspberry.html. Take a look. Although
> Bernard has said his Fpac mini-HOWTO is out of date, the steps for
> compiling kernel az25 from sources are still useful as a starting point.
> Google for F6BVP fpac mini-Howto. As for extracting, there are two file
> compression programs that are widely used in Linux ...
> <name>.tar.gz (tar - tape archive and gz - gzip) or,
> <name>.bzip2 (handles large files better).
> To extract with the former use sudo tar zxvf <name>.tar.gz For the
> latter use sudo tar zxjf <name>.bz2. A bz2 file may also be extracted
> with sudo bunzip2 <name>.bz2 or sudo bunzip2 <name>.bz2 -v to display
> some progress. You can use -v -v to be more verbose.
> It's a good idea to place the source files in a directory like
> /home/user/src or /usr/local/src and extract from there.
> I won't go into the make process here. Have a look at the references
> above and then come back with questions.
>> Plus I am just battling through setting up the AX25 ports as I require
>> telnet and one single radio port. My problem is I don't know what it
>> is asking for, and or how this will interace with the com port and
>> telnet port that I will setup for fbb?
>> I have a usb to serial adaptor already recognized and don't understand
>> why I cannot just point fbb at that, instead of all this AX25 stuff,
>> as the easy bit is to configure fbb.
>> I am pleased to say that I have made big in roads compared to
>> yesterday which was almost the end of Linux for me.
>> And at least I now have fbb installed but am stuck on what is being
>> asked of the ax25 ports and does telnet come into this or any other
>> ports? In dos it is just a mater of telling fbb that the port is 2f8
>> or 3f8 and the speed pretty simple stuff.
> That stuff is set up with axports, mainly.
>> However I have another layer to contend with and I have so far
>> downloaded 36 pages of how to ax25 and after I finish typing this I
>> will take a look.
>> As the fbb bit really is the easy part of this whole thing.
> For me it's the kernel ax25 that's the easy part. I can provide a few of
> my ax25 files if that might help.
>> I will keep you posted as to my progress/frustration with this project.
>> kind regards Kerry VK4TUB
> Ask lots of questions and post error messages. Tell us what you were
> trying to do at the time.
> Ray vk2tv