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Monday, December 21, 2009

Technical woes: Linux, WSPR, SSSSS

Help me, help me! I want to get WSPR running on Billy's Asus eeePC. I have Ubuntu Easy Peasy running off a thumb drive. And I have the WSPR sofware package in in the machine. But I can't get WSPR to run. I click on it, and the machine asks me if I want to run the program. Indeed I do! But nothing. Help me Linux heads! What am I doing wrong? I've tried running it from the terminal using the instructions in K1JT's excellent manual (see, I have read the manual!) but the computer informs me that I need superuser privileges. Now what?

Also looking for feedback on the SSSSSSS problem. Was it better in SolderSmoke 119?



  1. Hi Bill, I take it you have the new WSPR for Linux installed?

    Can you check what the execute permissions on the file are?

    They need to be set for execute for the user and the group.


    Kim VK5FNET

  2. Hi Bill,

    The other thing you could try is running the command in sudo, like so;

    $ sudo command

    then enter your pasword when its prompts you.


    Kim VK5FNET

  3. Bill,

    Run it from the command line, then you'll see what the complaint is.

    I'm on Ubuntu 9.10 running WSPR 2.0 and the command is /usr/bin/python /WSPR/wspr.py

    I downloaded the .deb file from http://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wspr.html

    73s vk2tpm

  4. Hi Bill. Please see my article about WSPR. At the bottom are some notes about running it on an Eee PC. I couldn't get it to work either, but I eventually managed to create a hacked version that would work. You should find a link to it there.

    Note that it is the old version. I have no plans to make a version of WSPR 2 for the Eee PC. I no longer use the Eee PC but I eventually put EeeBuntu on to it which I suspect would run the latest version anyway.

  5. No help on WSPR.

    I never noticed any SSSS until you mentioned it. Frankly it still never seems to be an issue.

    Nothing to see here folks, move along.

    jim ab3cv

  6. Bill;

    They are right you need to run from the command line. That way you can see the errors, it sounds like a permissions issue.

    Is the correct command
    /usr/bin/python /WSPR/wspr.py
    (assuming that the path is correct on Billy media, therefore it could be closer to /usr/bin/python /ThumbDrive/WSPR/wspr.py)

    if you are arn't seeing nothing like this try this

    sudo find / -name wspr.py -ls
    //this will do a universal search, and should return to you the correct path for the wspr.py file (FOUNDPATH)

    Once you've located the correct path and before executing that check the permissions for /WSPR/wspr.py needs to be

    try this ...
    ls -l /FOUNDPATH/WSPR/wspr.py
    -rwxrwxrwx 1 user group 329 Oct 15 2007 wspr.py

    the key is the rwxrwxrwx business on the left hand side.

    in order to change try;
    sudo chown +x /WSPR/wspr.py

    then ls -l /WSPR/wspr.py (again)
    You should now see a difference ...

    then run it
    /usr/bin/python /WSPR/wspr.py
    sudo /usr/bin/python /WSPR/wspr.py

    Good Luck de Jorge Luis /ki4SGU

  7. Running WSPR under Umbuntu 9.10 seems to be a major problem. See for example:


    I tried to get it running on U9.10 and ended up in library dependency hell.

    I found other comments in the WSPR forum that gave the impression that U8.10 and Deb 4.x were the only good vintages, but even then I had a bunch or library dependency problems.

    After a whole bunch of apt-gets to supply the missing libraries I ended up with the softlink fix here


    to get one of the .so libraries sorted out. In the end I did get it to work on U8.4

    Note that I was not trying to build the s/w, I was simply trying to run the binary from the WSPR site.

    Even though I did get it running, for various reasons I went back to running it under windows.

    - Stewart/G3YSX

  8. I thought I had installed all the needed python libraries, but I may be getting messed up by the fact that Im running ubuntu easy peasy from the thumb drive.

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg --instdir=. -i wspr_2.00r1714_i386.deb
    Selecting previously deselected package wspr.
    (Reading database ... 93518 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking wspr (from wspr_2.00r1714_i386.deb) ...
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of wspr:
    wspr depends on python-tk; however:
    Package python-tk is not installed.
    wspr depends on python-imaging-tk; however:
    Package python-imaging-tk is not installed.
    wspr depends on python-numpy; however:
    Package python-numpy is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing wspr (--install):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  9. Bill,

    so to install those package dependencies you'll need use apt-get.

    The easy way is to run a command like this;
    sudo apt-get install python-tk python-imaging-tk python-numpy

    This should also install any dependencies of these packages.

    You might also want to have a look at the info for each of these packages you can use the apt-cache command, like so;
    apt-cache show python-tk

    You can also search for new packages with apt-cache as well;
    apt-cache search python-tk

    Once these package dependencies are installed, you can install your wrsp package =)



  10. As I recall

    sudo apt-get install python-tk

    is the required syntax to get the python-tk package - repeat for each of python*

    As I further recall that got me to the point where I needed the .so library files.


  11. Yes, Bill. I think your SSSSSSs sounded better in episode 119.



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