Using the tw suite under Slackware Linux

Tonight I decided to install most of Ted Williams’ WA0EIR suite of Linux-based amateur radio programs on my new shack computer running Slackware 64 Linux 14.2.  It was a very simple install with a minor variation you need to be aware of.

Ted’s programs are available on his website.  The first thing you should download is the Xbae library that Motif uses.

All of the programs can be installed this way:

  1. Unarchive the tar.gz file using tar xf <filename>.
  2. Enter the directory that was created.
  3. Use the following commands to build and compile the program:
    1. $ ./configure
    2. $ make
    3. # make install

There is one more thing you need to do when you install the Xbae library.  It installs under /usr/local/lib which is not in the standard library path for Slackware.  As root, fire up your favorite text editor and edit /etc/ by putting/usr/local/lib as the last line in the file.  When you are done, save it and run ldconfig.  You can check to make sure all is right by running the commad ldconfig -v | less.  You should see something like this in the output:

/usr/local/lib: ->

For the rest of the programs, you’ll probably want to create a desktop icon for each one.  Using Xfce, it is quite easy and the programs come with their own icon.

Under Xfce, right-click on an empty part of the desktop and select “Create Launcher”.  Start to type in the name of the program, in this example it’s “Twlog”, and you’ll see this:

Click on “Create Launcher twlog” and the window will auto-populate like this:

Click “Create” and you’ll have that launcher with the icon on your desktop.  This works with all of the tw series of programs.

To modify settings for these programs, all of the configuration files are located under the /etc/X11/app-defaults directory.  All of the files are named the same as the program such as Twlog.

I hope you will find this useful.  These programs are simple and do the job you need them to do.


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my Extra class license. I am an ARRL-accredited VE. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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