Error configuring source code of gpredict

Hello :slight_smile:

I’m trying to install gpredict from source code on Linux mint. But I have a problem with ./configure, so below I will text by steps what I have done.

I installed libraries :

  • Gtk+ 3 install libgtk-3-dev
  • GLib 2.32 ( here I could make some mess … I make install autoconf + automake + m4 from gnu, i installed all in home directory, but during that installation I had some errors especially with automake, cause I installed last release but it asked me for 1.13 so I installed this one too, and I think I could overwrite files … but I delete all ( I hope I did :stuck_out_tongue: ) and did it again so eventually it worked.
  • GooCanvas 2
  • Libcurl 7.16
    apt install libtool intltool autoconf automake libcurl4-openssl-dev
    apt install pkg-config libglib2.0-dev libgtk-3-dev libgoocanvas-2.0-dev

Then I download gpredict-2.2.1.tar.gz unpacked it and try to ./configure but it didn’t work so I did automake + autoconf - it created configure exe file but I’m getting this error now :
./configure: line 2033: syntax error near unexpected token build-config.h' ./configure: line 2033:AM_CONFIG_HEADER(build-config.h)’

And all of that because I couldn’t navigate satellite - I had gpredict installed apt-get install gpredict, it was working. On radio I could listen to radio amateurs broadcast, but with satellites I had nothing. So I started to wonder if maybe there is some libraries I’m missing for radio + gpredict, and I wasn’t sure if I need to make some additional configuration about Doppler compensation, cause on gpredict it seemed to work on radio control - but I don’t know if there is no need for special conf for transceiver …

I hope it’s not too messy what I’ve written… I will appreciate any help cause I have no more ideas.

You don’t need to build from source. Try using the following ppa:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gpredict-team/daily
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install gpredict

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Yes it works, thank you :slight_smile: Thats what I did before I decided to installed it from source. But the problem is that I don’t know how to configure Doppler with my transceiver (its kenwood ts 2000) on gpredict it seems to work, but I cannot catch satellite signals :frowning: So I just decide to try that :stuck_out_tongue:

So do You have any idea if I have to configure Doppler additionally or its built in gpredict ? And do I have to set manually orbit path of the satellite in the transceiver or gpredict does that too ?

I cannot tell you details on how to configure the TS-2000, but if you would like to have a glimpse into the following thread:

Configuring gpredict for use with YAESU FT-847

Yes, it’s for the FT-847, but maybe there are some useful hints for you.
gpredict does all you need: doppler correction and antenna positioning if you want to.
It needs a bit of experience to understand how all these things are working together. There’s a manual available with gpredict - so please go through the steps in it first.

The binary packages are complete. You will not get any extra functionality by compiling from source, not at this time anyway.

Having said that, building from source should “just work” but I find it hard to have any idea what could be wrong after you tried many things… I can only recommend to

  1. Install the dependencies according to the readme
  2. Run the configure script from the source tarball

If you get an error during configure ask about it. Perhaps we can find out what is wrong.


Yes thanks everything works fine. I think I just made a mess creating a lot of directories.
thank You again :slight_smile:

You are welcome, and thanks for the update.

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