Installing Scamper on your SPOT Account

Scamper is one of the core tools in our project and as such, its probably a good idea for you to have your own copy of it to play around with. The following instructions are here to help you get set up with your own build.

Step 1. Attain Scamper Tarball

First things first, we need to have a tarball of the Scamper version we want to use. There should be a tarball for the current distribution you should be using in Dan's account(dea), which you can find in the SPOT home directory, so you should copy that tarball over to your home directory.

[More Explicit Instructions]

$ cd ~ [ensures you are in your home directory]

$ cp /home/dea/scam...|tab| ~ [using the tab key after typing the first few letters of the name of the file will auto-complete the filename for you]

Step 2. Extract Scamper Source

$ mkdir scamper_source [ creates a directory to place the source files we will extract]

$ tar -xvf scam...tar.gz -C scamper_source --strip-components=1
[ -xvf is a combination of arguments that will specify to the tar command to extract the files from the tarball and write to the terminal all of the files being extracted]

[-C in 'x' mode this changes directories after opening the archive but before extracting entries from the archive, and directory name given after this argument in this case scamper_source is the directory it will change to]

[--strip-components=count removes the specified number of leading path elements, in this case this helps us because then we can extract the contents of the tarball directly into our folder scamper_source instead of having an intermediary folder called scamper.... in the folder scamper_source ]

Step 3. Configure and Make

$ ./configure --prefix=/home/your_unix_username/scamper_build

Step 4. Make Install

Step 5. Edit PATH Variable


tarball is a slang term for a group of files bundled together using the tar command, and in this case the files are also compressed by the gzip command, full extension: .tar.gz

warning: this page was written by an undergraduate, follow at your own risk. ;]

-- HelenFemmel - 2015-08-04

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