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There are two main methods, a binary install or a source install. If you choose the binary install it may be the easiest Xastir install you'll ever do!

NOTE: Versions 1.9.8 and earlier have known bugs plus use the Tigermap server which is now defunct. We were in the middle of adding OpenStreetMaps during the 1.9.9 versions. These days you should be using Xastir-2.0.0 or later.


Step 1: Add the Ham Repository to Yast2

  • Add one of the following URL's to your "Software Repositories" in Yast2. The URL chosen must match the version of OpenSuSE that you have installed. To find out your version of OpenSuSE, look in the file "/etc/SuSE-release".
   [http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_11.0/] SuSE-11.0 Ham Repository
   [http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_11.1/] SuSE-11.1 Ham Repository
   [http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_11.2/] SuSE-11.2 Ham Repository
   [http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_11.3/] SuSE-11.3 Ham Repository

Proceed to Step 2 below.

Step 2: Xastir Binary or Source Install

  • Choose a Method below and follow the directions.

Note that the binary version lags behind the source version, sometimes by quite a bit.

Also: the binary package maintainer chooses which options/which libraries he/she compiles into the Xastir binary. You may want different choices. If so, perform the source install to have full control over the end product.


Method 1: Binary Install on x86 Systems (32 or 64-bit)

This procedure will install several libraries from the SuSE ham repository plus the Xastir binary. Note: The binary on the OpenSuSE Ham repository is a bit old (1.9.8). A note has been sent to the maintainers to ask them to update it.

  • Using the Yast "Software Management" app, install the "xastir" package. It should auto-install libraries that Xastir requires.

For the 64-bit install: If it asks you to change the architecture, let it. This will downgrade a few packages from 64-bit to 32-bit because the Xastir binary may have been built with a few 32-bit libraries.

Method 2: Source Install on Any OpenSuSE-11.x System

Here you may choose to install a stable or development release, or from Xastir Git sources.

  • Using the Yast "Software Management" app, install these packages or similar. You may select and install them all at once. This list may seem daunting at first, but this step goes quickly and gives you a complete compile/development environment. After that, upgrades are a snap! (see Step 5):
   autoconf
   automake
   ax25-doc
   ax25-apps
   ax25-tools
   binutils
   bzip2
   cpp
   curl
   cvs
   diffutils
   festival
   festival-devel
   freetype
   freetype2-devel
   gcc
   git
   gpsman
   gpsmanshp
   GraphicsMagick
   gzip
   libax25
   libax25-devel
   libcurl4
   libcurl-devel
   libfreetype6
   libgeotiff
   libgeotiff-devel
   libGraphicsMagick3
   libjasper
   libjasper-devel
   libjpeg
   libjpeg-devel
   liblcms1
   liblcms-devel
   libproj-devel
   libproj0
   libtiff3
   libtiff-devel
   libtool
   make
   m4
   openmotif
   openmotif-libs
   patch
   pcre
   pcre-devel
   proj4
   soundmodem
   sudo
   tar
   tck
   tk
   wget
   xorg-x11-fonts
   xorg-x11-fonts-core
   xorg-x11-fonts-devel
   xorg-x11-server



  • Compile/Install Xastir Sources from "Stable" or "Development" release:
    • Download the release from [Xastir Download Page]
    • tar xzvf <filename>
    • Change to the new directory just created:
    • cd <directory-name>
    • mkdir -p build
    • cd build
    • ../configure CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/include/libgeotiff"
    • make
    • sudo make install
    • sudo chmod 4755 /usr/local/bin/xastir
  • If using SuSE-11.0, go to Step 3, else go to Step 4


  • -Or- choose Git sources to enable keeping up-to-date with the latest developments:
    • git clone http://github.com/Xastir/Xastir
    • cd Xastir
    • ./bootstrap.sh
      • Note: Errors at this step may mean you need to install "automake" and "autoconf" via Yast2.
    • mkdir -p build
    • cd build
    • ../configure CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/include/libgeotiff"
    • make
    • sudo make install
    • sudo chmod 4755 /usr/local/bin/xastir
  • If using SuSE-11.0, go to Step 3, else go to Step 4

Step 3: Upgrade Motif (SuSE-11.0 only)

Upgrade OpenMotif via RPM (Required for SuSE-11.0, not for later versions)

This step is required because OpenMotif-2.3.0 introduced a bug where slider widgets didn't show labels. Earlier/later versions of OpenMotif don't exhibit the bug. OpenSuSE-11.0 ships with the 2.3.0 version.


  • 32-bit SuSE:
    • Download these two RPM's for OpenMotif-2.3.1. They were built for SuSE-10.3 but work fine on 11.0. If later there are SuSE-11.0 RPM's at [the site], by all means install those instead and let us know about it on the mailing list so we can update this page. These will normally be downloaded to your "Desktop" directory.
    • [OpenMotif]
    • [OpenMotif-Devel]
    • After you've downloaded them, type the following bold text into a "terminal" or "xterm" window:
    • cd Desktop
    • su
    • rpm -U openmotif-2.3.1-1.suse103.i586.rpm openmotif-devel-2.3.1-1.suse103.i586.rpm
    • Note: If other installed packages require OpenMotif then the above RPM command may fail. If so, type the following command to force the upgrade:
    • rpm -U --force openmotif-2.3.1-1.suse103.i586.rpm openmotif-devel-2.3.1-1.suse103.i586.rpm
    • exit
    • Go to Step 3


  • 64-bit SuSE:
    • Download these two RPM's for OpenMotif-2.3.1. They were built for SuSE-10.3 but work fine on 11.0. If later there are SuSE-11.0 RPM's at [the site], by all means install those instead and let us know about it on the mailing list so we can update this page. These will normally be downloaded to your "Desktop" directory.
    • [OpenMotif]
    • [OpenMotif-Devel]
    • After you've downloaded them, type the following bold text into a "terminal" or "xterm" window:
    • cd Desktop
    • su
    • rpm -U openmotif-2.3.1-1.suse103.x86_64.rpm openmotif-devel-2.3.1-1.suse103.x86_64.rpm
    • Note: If other installed packages require OpenMotif then the above RPM command may fail. If so, type the following command to force the upgrade:
    • rpm -U --force openmotif-2.3.1-1.suse103.x86_64.rpm openmotif-devel-2.3.1-1.suse103.x86_64.rpm
    • exit
    • Go to Step 3


Step 4: Create a Desktop Icon (Optional)

Create an Icon on Your Desktop

  • Open a terminal window. "xterm" is usually a good choice for a terminal.
    • cd Desktop
    • ln -s /usr/bin/xastir Xastir

You're Done!


Step 5: Keeping up-to-date (Git)

If you installed from Xastir Git sources you can run the update-xastir script at any time to snag the latest sources, run the configure/compile tools, and install the newly created binary, like this:

  • cd Xastir (or whatever directory you put the Xastir sources in)
  • ./update-xastir

Read the [Git page] for more detailed info about Git commands.