Thursday, September 21, 2006

ARRL LOTW on Linux Fedora Core 5

If you're a hard-core Linux ham and you want to use the ARRL's "Logbook of the World" (LOTW), you are in for some work. The Linux binary software distribution is provided only for Fedora Core 3 distribution, which is now well out of date. You have to compile from source code, and even the source code is out of date with respect to current (Fedora Core 5) compilers and libraries.
Here is my cookbook recipe for how I did it on my FC5 system. I believe I've incorporated all the steps, but I would welcome your feedback if you try to replicate the results.

Fedora Core 6 is right around the corner, and FC6 may possibly require further modifications.

Added Note: The procedure has been found to work as recently as the Fedora 8 release. (12/2007)


Anonymous said...

Good stuff. Thanks for posting the detailed instructions for this. I wonder how much trouble it would be to get this to compile under Ubuntu? Hmm.



Anonymous said...

Hello Martin,

I didn't have to make any modifications for FC6 to the tarballs other than the ones you specified. I did, however, have to update the dependency lists in the spec files provided in the FC3 rpms to build FC6 RPMs.

I've placed the RPMS/SRPMS for download at:


Anonymous said...

Whoops Martin, didn't mean to make that last comment anonymous. It seems blogger's got a bug in that it toggles the identity back to the default after previewing a comment.

Martin AA6E said...


Thanks for the comment. My comment moderation system was silently bust until today...

73 Martin AA6E

Unknown said...

Thanks for the detailed instructions! They worked for me on Fedora 8.
I was finally able to get things to compile!

Thanks again!

Martin AA6E said...

Tate -
Thanks for the info. I have compiled LOTW ok for Fedora 8 also.

It would be great if one of us could maintain rpm's, deb's, etc. for easy binary installation. Apparently, the lads at ARRL need some nudging to keep the Linux stuff up to date...

-J said...

Would it be possible to get LOTW as a .deb file for ubuntu? I'm a linux noob so I'm not very good at compiling my own programs.



Martin AA6E said...


I don't know of anyone who has done a .deb package for LOTW. It would be nice to have an up-to-date RPM for Fedora, also! - Martin