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This shows how to compile libhimd and QHiMDTransfer on Ubuntu 9.04 or later, Fedora 11 or later and ArchLinux.


First, you'll need to install some packages. On Ubuntu and Debian, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install libqt4-dev build-essential libglib2.0-dev libmad0-dev libgcrypt11-dev libsox-dev git-core libusb-1.0-0-dev libid3tag0-dev libtag1-dev
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Note: libsox-dev is required to be version 14.2 or higher. The version from Debian Lenny does *not* work unfortunately. The version from Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) or newer works.

On Fedora 11+ systems, run the following (after enabling the RPM Fusion repository):

sudo yum install qt-devel glib2-devel sox-devel libgcrypt-devel libmad-devel gcc-c++ git libusb1-devel libid3tag-devel tablib-devel
<Your password>

On Arch Linux, run the following as root:

pacman -Sy git qtcreator taglib libgcrypt glib2 sox libmad gcc make libusb-1.0-devel libid3tag libtag

On openSUSE Linux, run the following as root:

zypper install git libqt4-devel libgcrypt-devel sox-devel glib2-devel taglib-devel libusb-1.0-devel

For openSUSE, libmad has to be installed from source:

tar xzf libmad-0.15.0b.tar.gz
cd libmad-0.15.0b
./configure && make && make install

libhimd and QHiMDTransfer

To build libhimd and QHiMDTransfer, you'll need to get the source from our git-repository, then run qmake and make to build everything.

Getting the code

To get the code, clone it with git as shown on the homepage.

Building everything

libhimd & QHiMDTransfer:

On Ubuntu/Debian and Fedora 11 or later, type:

cd linux-minidisc
qmake-qt4 -r

On Arch Linux, replace qmake-qt4 with just qmake.

This builds with all features enabled. You can disable some features with dependencies on thrid-party-software individually by adding CONFIG options to the qmake invocation. See the top-level README file in the sources for details.

Generating translation files

To generate the translation files for qhimdtransfer to display the GUI in your native language (if available for your language), call lrelease:

cd qhimdtransfer

Running QHiMDTransfer

To run the software, simply type ”./qhimdtransfer” in the folder of qhimdtransfer.

Running netmd/himdcli

Go into the appropriate subdirectories and type ”./netmdcli” or ”./himdcli”.



Change into the folder basictools:

cd linux-minidisc/basictools

To build the basictools, just call make with the program to be built as an argument:


make himdformat


make minikey

And so on.

Using minikey and himdformat

To use minikey, you need to know the name of the generic SCSI devicefile. It's located in the /dev directory. For this, just unplug your HiMD-Walkman, list all sg*-files in /dev, plug in your HiMD-Walkman and list all sg*-files again in /dev. The newly added sgX-file is your HiMD.

Invoke the tools like this:


./himdformat /dev/sg5

Warning, this will format all data on your HiMD *without* asking. himdformat is intended for testing at the moment only.


./minikey /dev/sg5

This prints out the diskID of the HiMD which is located outside the FAT-Filesystem and must match the diskID located in the mclist0X.hma-file.

compilingonlinux.txt · Last modified: 2012/11/26 18:57 by glaubitz