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Installing PDa to the beagle board

Well, today I got G√ľnter Geiger’s PDa version of Pure Data compiled on the Beagle Board. I haven’t gotten HDMI output to work properly to my TV so I’m relying on X-forwarding for the GUI, which is pretty painfully slow at the moment, but I did get some sound out. Here are the steps I took:

  1. Install libtk-dev and libtcl-dev packages using opkg. I had to use the -force-depends option because opkg complained about some missing dependencies. Hope it doesn’t come back to bite me later.
  2. Install the compiler packages gcc and gcc-symlinks
  3. Download the source code from here.
  4. Unpack the source into a directory of your choosing
  5. Edit the makefile in the src subdirectory and change libtk8.4.a to libtk8.4.so and libtcl8.4.a to libtcl8.4.so
  6. type “make”

You should now have a pd executable in the bin subdirectory.

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