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[aprssig] Latest Xastir Release: 1.4.0, 09/16/2004

Wes Johnston wes at johnston.net
Fri Sep 24 00:36:04 UTC 2004

So you can "apt-get install xastir"?  that's slick....  I just tried it 
in simulate mode and it works!  I see things like GPSMANSHP, libproj... 
ohhh this is great!  All you have to do after that is a "cvs update" and 
you are caught up with the latest version!  (CVS is a system that 
downloads the latest version of a program's source code.... it then 
takes four commands to compile the code into a runable program... 
usually takes 2 to 5 minutes for the whole process).

I know that some reading this have no idea what the heck all the moaning 
about libraries is all about.  In the windows world most programs come 
with all the DLL's you need which is why the setup.exe programs are so 
large.  In linux you can install each library by hand one at a time, or 
if a particular program is listed by Debian, you can simply "apt-get 
install xxxxx".  The APT-GET program is smart enough to know which 
libraries you need and will fetch them from various websites as needed.  
Some versions of linux use a program called RPM but it only installs 
libraries you specify and if something else is needed it will simply 
yells at you.  APT-GET is much better.

For what it's worth to all of you hesitant to try linux or xastir, goto 
www.mepis.org and download the ISO of mephis.  It is a "live" cd meaning 
you just boot off of it and linux runs.  If you like the feel of it, 
there is an icon on the desktop called "mephis installation center" 
which runs a wizard to install linux.  It _will_ co-exist with windows 
(if your drive is already partitioned in two pieces).  Total time to 
install linux onto a new HDD or one with a free partition is something 
like 15 minutes.  With the "apt-get install xastir" command, it is very 
likely you can have xastir running in another 10 minutes.  I may have to 
try this on one of my spare PCs.

So please try xastir.... the windows installation file reads like an old 
heath kit manual with check boxes, the linux version is looking like 
it'll install itself!

I know the list below is bewildering.... but in seems to contain just 
about everything you would ever want in xastir... many of these 
libraries are for features I haven't even used yet.

apt-get install xastir <enter>

The following extra packages will be installed:
  gpsmanshp lesstif2 libax25 libcfitsio2 libgcc1 libgdal1 libhdf4g
  libjasper-1.701-1 libshp1 libstdc++5 libtiff4 libungif4g libxerces21c102
  libxml2 libxml2-dev netcdfg3 proj tcllib unixodbc
Suggested packages:
  libhdf4g-doc libhdf4g-dev libhdf4g-run libjasper-runtime netcdf-doc
  proj-ps-doc libmyodbc odbc-postgresql libct0
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  gpsmanshp lesstif2 libax25 libcfitsio2 libgdal1 libhdf4g libjasper-1.701-1
  libshp1 libtiff4 libxerces21c102 netcdfg3 proj tcllib unixodbc xastir
The following packages will be upgraded:
  libgcc1 libstdc++5 libungif4g libxml2 libxml2-dev
5 upgraded, 15 newly installed, 0 to remove and 826 not upgraded.
Inst libgcc1 [1:3.3.3-6] (1:3.4.1-7 Debian:unstable)
Conf libgcc1 (1:3.4.1-7 Debian:unstable)
Inst libstdc++5 [1:3.3.3-6] (1:3.3.4-9 Debian:unstable)
Conf libstdc++5 (1:3.3.4-9 Debian:unstable)
Inst tcllib (1.6.1-1 Debian:testing)
Inst libshp1 (1.2.10-1 Debian:testing)
Inst gpsmanshp (1.1-1 Debian:testing)
Inst lesstif2 (1:0.93.94-8 Debian:unstable)
Inst libax25 (0.0.11-2 Debian:testing)
Inst libcfitsio2 (2.500-1 Debian:unstable)
Inst libhdf4g (4.1r4-18 Debian:testing)
Inst libjasper-1.701-1 (1.701.0-2 Debian:testing)
Inst libtiff4 (3.6.1-1.1 Debian:unstable)
Inst libungif4g [4.1.0b1-6] (4.1.3-1 Debian:testing)
Inst libxerces21c102 (2.1.0-5 Debian:testing)
Inst netcdfg3 (3.5.0-7.1 Debian:testing)
Inst unixodbc (2.2.4-9 Debian:testing)
Inst libgdal1 (1.2.1-1 Debian:unstable)
Inst libxml2-dev [2.6.10-3] (2.6.11-3 Debian:testing) []
Inst libxml2 [2.6.10-3] (2.6.11-3 Debian:testing)
Inst proj (4.4.8-3 Debian:testing)
Inst xastir (1.3.2-2 Debian:unstable)
Conf tcllib (1.6.1-1 Debian:testing)
Conf libshp1 (1.2.10-1 Debian:testing)
Conf gpsmanshp (1.1-1 Debian:testing)
Conf lesstif2 (1:0.93.94-8 Debian:unstable)
Conf libax25 (0.0.11-2 Debian:testing)
Conf libcfitsio2 (2.500-1 Debian:unstable)
Conf libhdf4g (4.1r4-18 Debian:testing)
Conf libjasper-1.701-1 (1.701.0-2 Debian:testing)
Conf libtiff4 (3.6.1-1.1 Debian:unstable)
Conf libungif4g (4.1.3-1 Debian:testing)
Conf libxerces21c102 (2.1.0-5 Debian:testing)
Conf netcdfg3 (3.5.0-7.1 Debian:testing)
Conf unixodbc (2.2.4-9 Debian:testing)
Conf libgdal1 (1.2.1-1 Debian:unstable)
Conf libxml2 (2.6.11-3 Debian:testing)
Conf libxml2-dev (2.6.11-3 Debian:testing)
Conf proj (4.4.8-3 Debian:testing)
Conf xastir (1.3.2-2 Debian:unstable)


John Ackermann N8UR wrote:

> Just to point out, there is a Debian package of Xastir that will 
> install without requiring any other searching for libraries, etc. -- 
> the Debian package manager takes care of that for you.  I see that the 
> latest version in Debian "unstable" is 1.2.0, so it's not totally up 
> to date, but it does work...
> 73,
> John
> ----

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