[chirp_users] chirp_users Digest, Vol 109, Issue 2

Jeff wireless3.14159 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 3 06:29:59 PST 2018

Dave, I hereby nominate your reply for the 2018 Chirp list hall of fame. Expect-level advice, yet lighthearted and fun to read. Two thumbs up with five stars on top. 

On January 3, 2018 4:16:41 AM MST, Dave B <g8kbv at uku.co.uk> wrote:
>Other than for software that just isn't available for anything other
>than Windows, there is no reason whatsoever to try to use WINE to run
>Chirp under Linux.
>Just go to:-  https://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Download
>And follow the instructions how to get the version you need for your
>There is even a "Live CD" (bootable self contained system) version!
>As well as the ability to run it directly from a "tarball" file once
>contents are extracted.
>I do have some Windows specific programs that I need to use, that do
>well under WINE, but sadly the DMR codeplug software from Motorola will
>not install, as the installer needs .NET version whatever, and the Mono
>equivalent tools are not compatible.
>All my other radio programming and configuring needs are happily done
>via Chirp running natively under Linux.
>As to the serial port issue, it's a "symbolic link" that you create,
>that in effect redirects references to (for example) COM1: to
>/dev/ttyUSB0   Job done.   As you say, instructions are available how
>do that from many sources.
>I would also dispute the assumption re the probably low importance of
>the handshake lines.  Many radio's use them to enter programming mode,
>enable some esoteric mode, and/or exit from such modes.
>It is best to use the version of Chirp, that is natively configured for
>your OS, rather than try to bludgeon it into working via an abstraction
>layer, that can itself impose "other feature" you may not want..
>Dave G0WBX.
>On 02/01/18 20:00, chirp_users-request at intrepid.danplanet.com wrote:
>> From: Tom Consodine ND5Y <nd5y at yahoo.com>
>> Subject: [chirp_users] USB serial ports and Linux/WINE
>> To: chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com
>> Message-ID: <7d46aaec-b155-f3f6-6697-f339bb204881 at yahoo.com>
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>> I have no problems using USB serial ports with Windows software
>> on Linux/WINE. One of the reasons I switched to Linux was one USB
>> I have would work on Windows 7 but not on Windows 10.
>> You have to configure the serial port permissions in Linux. There are
>> instructions for doing that on the Chirp web site.
>> If you are using WINE 2.8 or later you might have to configure the
>> settings in WINE or manually make a "registry" key. There are 
>> instructions for doing that on their web site at
>> Versions before that only require making a link in the wine folder to
>> the port.
>> Older versions of WINE before about 1.7 don't support all the RS-232 
>> lines. This probably isn't an issue for radio programming cables that
>> only use TXD and RXD lines but it is if you need the RTS, CTS, DTR,
>> lines to work properly.
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