Category Archives: Linux

Coping With Color on the Linux Console (and XTerm and friends)

In the previous post about ANSI escape sequences, terminfo, and the tput utility, what I did not mention is that even though a given color such as blue or cyan is requested, it is beyond the program’s control the actual … Continue reading

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Tinkering in the terminal with tput

While it looks like a throwback to the 1980s or even the late 1970s, the terminal is a very capable way of performing tasks on a POSIX (BSD, GNU/Linux, etc.) computer.  Some tasks are simply better suited to a Text … Continue reading

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Running N1MM+ logger with Wine on Debian Buster

I’m certainly not the first to attempt to run the popular N1MM Logger+ contest logging program on Linux through Wine.  I do think that I’m one of the few (NF8M, W2NRL (thanks to both of you for putting your experiences … Continue reading

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Compiling WSJT-X 1.7.0 on Devuan Jessie

The latest version of WSJT-X, 1.7.0, was released on 19 December, 2016.  I found that the available Debian formatted package would not install as it is biult for Ubuntu 16.04.1 (and variants) which has a newer version of Qt5 on … Continue reading

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Running Electraft utilities on Linux amd64 and multiarch

At this time the Elecraft utilities for Linux are only available as i386 32 bit precompiled binaries.  Other architectures such as amd64 or armhf (Raspberry Pi) must use another means, if possible.  The Debian Linux distribution and its derivatives (Ubuntu, … Continue reading

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Enabling sysvinit on Minibian Jessie 2016-03-12

As I was building a very minimal system for running APRX (N0NB-10) I chose to use Minibian as the starting point rather than stripping down the full Raspbian image to run on a Rasberry Pi model B.  Stripping the system … Continue reading

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Debian 7.3.0 (Wheezy) in VirtualBox

To test a software build I installed Debian 7.3.0, a.k.a. Wheezy, into a VirtualBox drive.  All seemed well except the VirtualBox Guest additions did not seem to be active as a shared directory to the host computer could not be … Continue reading

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“Ghost” a partition contents with rsync

The rsync utility may be one of the best kept secrets on any platform.  Certainly, its use as a backup tool is well known, but perhaps a bit less well known is it’s ability to replicate a complete partition’s contents … Continue reading

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A QEMU image for Debian armel

My interest in the Raspberry Pi has led me to setting up an ARM based virtual machine in QEMU.  A bit of searching turned up instructions on setting up QEMU on MS Windows 7, which, in turn linked to instructions … Continue reading

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Fun with the FUNcube Dongle

Late last year a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) project hit the amateur radio market place, the FUNcube dongle from AMSAT UK (FCD).  It is a receiver covering the spectrum of approximately 64 to 1700 MHz and presents a USB … Continue reading

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