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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Installing rtl-sdr

From: Andrew Rich
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Installing rtl-sdr
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:03:20 +1000

Yeah you need gr-osmocom

And be carefull I got caught out it hides under the tree under the very top 
above the blocks

I have a hack rf so I had to install hackrf stuff but for the rtl stuff it 
comes under osmocom


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> On 12 Aug 2017, at 3:18 am, Marcus Müller <address@hidden> wrote:
> Dear Bill,
> I think rtl-sdr is just the driver for the dongles.
> What you'd probably like to have is gr-osmosdr, which contains the
> osmocom source, which is the interface block for such hardware.
> By the way, don't know about Mint, but on other similar distros, you can
> directly install what you need through apt-get, and don't have to build
> stuff from source, just to get GNU Radio + tools to run :) Of course,
> it's not that bleeding edge, but if the gnuradio package in your Mint is
> at least 3.7.9, I don't think it'd pay for a beginner to build stuff
> from source.
> So, if in doubt, make sure pybombs didn't use pip to install stuff
> system-wide (it really shouldn't be doing pip --system, but it does, and
> it breaks systems if things are later "properly" installed through
> distro's package management), if in doubt "pybombs remove packagename"
> all the things you've installed via pybombs. Make sure you're not
> currently in a shell where you loaded the setup_env.sh.
> Then, "sudo apt-get install gr-osmosdr" should actually do the trick of
> install GNU Radio 3.7.9 (if you're on the most recent Mint release) from
> the package archives, install the rtl-sdr driver, install gr-osmosdr and
> let you use gnuradio-companion.
> Just my two cents on this: Older Linux versions of Mint seem to have
> extremely outdated versions of GNU Radio, so you shouldn't do that here.
> In some cases, distro package maintainers don't enable all the GNU Radio
> features that pybombs would, and that a user would also want, and then
> it's better to use pybombs to install GNU Radio. But for general purpose
> usage, I'd recommend first checking which version of GNU Radio your
> distro brings, and if it seems rather recent, simply use that, until
> problems show up. Pybombs' great, but it's not perfect, and for many
> cases, you simply don't need to build stuff from source :) My personal
> long-term goal is rather to make GNU Radio so easy to maintain that all
> distros always package the latest, greatest, fulliest-featured GNU Radio
> instead of maintaining a tool that puts the work of building GNU Radio
> from source on the users. I personally still see pybombs as development
> tool for people willing to mess with the source code rather than a
> preferred way of installation for the rest.
> Cheers,
> Marcus
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