[aprssig] xastir install!!! wowsa!

Gerry Creager n5jxs gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Sun Sep 26 23:34:36 CDT 2004

WRT the USrad radar mosaic, I think we're gonna look at using gzip to 
compress it and uncompressing it on the xastir host.  That should 
improve things dramatically.  I'm also about to creat mozaics of the 
CONUX that are regionalized for convenience.  Then, rather than loading 
one big radar image, you'd select the one(s) you really want at the time.

WRT regaining control:  It requires some patience.  Click on maps -> 
Automap: disable raster maps,  and then wait for the interrupts to catch 
up to you.  That'll let you own your own machine again.  Then, go into 
map chooser and un-highlight the USrad.geo selection.

It's a problem and one I'd like to see us resolve.  73, gerry

   John Kraus wrote:
> I am very impressed.
> I followed these instructions and it worked quite well.  I did get a 
> couple of errors related to apt-get being unable to access the 
> ftp://metalab.unc.edu site but these errors did not prevent the XASTIR 
> installation.
> My total time from start to finish was about 4 hours but this included 
> the installation of a spare 6.5GB hard drive into the AMD K-6 450 
> machine and the wiping of all old data from that drive.
> One caveat, once the system is up with Xastir enter your station 
> location and then zoom in dramatically. Pick zoom levels from about 100 
> down in order to see street level maps. be careful with the USradar.geo 
> selection.  It is bogging down may machine for 4-15 minutes at a time 
> and I can't seem to get it to stop.
> My one wish so far would be stop downloading button that would give me 
> back control of the program without having to wait for it to get around 
> to me. Once I selected USradar.geo I can't seem to get it unselected and 
> every attempt to change the map starts another wait.
> At 02:20 PM 9/25/2004, you wrote:
>> 1)downloaded mepis "live cd" version of linux.  I burned the image on 
>> a CD.  Took about 1 hour on my cable modem.  It can be downloaded at 
>> several mirrors... here is one: 
>> ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/mepis/released/SimplyMEPIS-2004.02.iso 
>> 2)booted the "live cd" on a 500mhz PC which happens to run on 12v 
>> thanks to a clever ATX power supply.  3 minutes to boot.
>> 3)clicked on the "install to hdd" icon and followed the wizard.  Took 
>> 35 minutes to install linux to the HDD.
>> 4)booted from HDD into mepis linux.  Typed "apt-get update" and 
>> "apt-get install xastir" in a terminal window.  Xastir 1.3.2 was 
>> loaded along with GPSman and a bunch of other accessory libraries.  
>> Took 3 minutes.
>> 5)Ran xastir from command prompt and created an interface to 
>> kc4pl.zapto.org:14580 and connected to him.  1 minute.
>> So, from start to finish I downloaded the linux operating system, 
>> burned a CD, installed the O/S, and installed xastir in 1hour and 42 
>> minutes.
>> If I already had the mepis CD, I could have done it in 42 minutes
>> If I already had mepis (or other debian variant of linux) running, I 
>> could have had xastir running in 4 minutes.

Gerry Creager -- gerry.creager at tamu.edu
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