Building MegaTunix On Debian/Ubuntu
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Author:  Fred [ Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Building MegaTunix On Debian/Ubuntu

If you don't have instructions to do this, then it's quite painful because you have to run the configure script repeatedly and install one package at a time. So, I present to you today, some instructions so that this may be easy for the next person. This thread will likely get superceded by the quick start script fairly soon, however it can be used to put content into that script, so it's not in vein.

Before you start, update your apt cache like this:

sudo apt-get update

First you need to get git! If you already have git, obviously you should skip this step.

sudo apt-get install git

Note, if you have an old system you may need to use this command instead:

sudo apt-get install git-core

Then you need to clone the source, choose or make a directory, such as "~/workspaces/freeems/" and do this inside it:

mkdir -p ~/workspaces/freeems
cd ~/workspaces/freeems/
git clone <url from following thread>

You can get the git clone URL from the Recommended Versions Of All Software thread.

Then you need to get the prerequisite libraries of MTX, there are quite a few, I'll list them, then provide a single apt-get line:

  • autoconf
  • libtool
  • intltool
  • flex
  • bison
  • libpango1.0-dev
  • libglade2-dev
  • libgtkglext1-dev
  • g++

Everything else is pulled in transitively, so just run this command:

sudo apt-get install autoconf libtool intltool flex bison libpango1.0-dev libglade2-dev libgtkglext1-dev g++

At this point you're ready to build, do these steps one by one:

cd ~/workspaces/freeems/MegaTunix/
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

MegaTunix is now installed on your system, so all you need to do to run it is this:


However you'll likely find it convenient to do this instead:

megatunix -p FreeEMS -P /dev/ttyUSB0

The above build sequence assumes that the application will work flawlessly, which is sometimes not true. If you have trouble, make sure you can reproduce it, then rebuild like this:

cd ~/workspaces/freeems/MegaTunix/
make clean
./ --enable-debug
sudo make install

Now run it a little differently by following these steps:

cd ~/workspaces/freeems/MegaTunix/src/
gdb .libs/megatunix
run --g-fatal-warnings <options you use normally>

Record the actions required to generate the fault exactly, and any info about the application such as a screen shot of it when frozen, the git hash you were using, etc and file an issue report on the tracker using this guide.

If you've already cloned the MegaTunix git repository, to update it do this:

cd ~/workspaces/freeems/MegaTunix/
make clean
git pull

And then build it as per the instructions above.

Tested OK 11th Feb 2013 on hash 8991b6ee98ac4bddd4bd67396968e1989014f15e

I hope that gets you up and running with MegaTunix quickly and easily.


Author:  Fred [ Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Building MegaTunix On Debian/Ubuntu

Add this to deps list for deb/ubuntu: libgtkgl2.0-dev
run ldconfig after install before it'll work.

Tested OK on 20th April 2015 with 0.9.24-SNAPSHOT-1373-ga39831b

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