[amsat-bb] Latest TQSL on Ubuntu

B J va6bmj at gmail.com
Mon Jan 25 18:23:16 UTC 2016

On 1/25/16, John KI4RO <johnki4ro at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, I'm not much of an expert on Linux/Ubuntu and hoping for some help
> here; ARRL hasn't been much help yet.
> I got TQSL out of the Ubuntu Software Center; it downloaded and installed
> just fine.  I was under the impression that, having installed it that way,
> updates would be installed as they became available but apparently that is
> not the case.
> I've gone to the site and downloaded the appropriate tar.gz file and
> unpacked it but I don't know what to do with it now.  I've tried the make
> command and such as specified on other sites but they don't seem able to
> work.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated!

It's been years since I used Ubuntu, so I might be talking about
something that no longer applies.

If I recall correctly, USC should download and install software
automatically.  I don't know if one has the option of downloading only
the files and then installing it by hand.  Perhaps you can check this.
I use openSUSE and its software manager does all that for me after I
click on the right box and tell it to go ahead.  I was under the
impression that Ubuntu did the same thing.

OK, assuming that what I just suggested isn't applicable, installing
software is often easier than it first appears.

First, after you've unpacked the files, check for one that's labelled
"README" or something like that.  Often, these packages include them
and they usually have instructions on how to install the program.  If
it exists, open it and follow the instructions.

Failing that, look in the TQSL directory for files that are labelled
"make" or something similar.  (There should also be some "install"
files there as well.)  Those should have the scripts by which the
machine does the installation.  If they're there, then, if I remember
correctly, get into the directory where they are and then try the

make config  (that might be required to set options on what needs to
be installed)
make install clean (this is the main one which starts the process)

Once that begins, let the machine continue, though you might have to
respond to some queries about what to do next.

Assuming that everything goes well and the installation is complete,
look for an icon in a menu or on the desktop which points to TQSL.
Click on that and the program should launch.  If there isn't an icon,
then open a terminal window and type in "tqsl" or a variation on that.
That should start the software.  (If this is actually the case, try to
create a launcher specifically for TQSL.)

Let me know what happens.


Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL

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