[chirp_users] Flatpak

David Ranch chirp at trinnet.net
Thu Jun 2 12:58:59 PDT 2022

I just looked on the Chirp website, Wiki, and FAQ and only the download 
page gives a hit that Linux users should use the Flatpak method.  Beyond 
that.. no details are shared.

Could someone who has access to the web page take what D.J.J wrote down 
below and add it to a "Linux Flatpak" FAQ entry?  It might need some 
additional items listed under a dependency section like the native OS 
needs to have X version of Qt runtime libraries installed, etc.


On 05/27/2022 05:40 PM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
> John,
> Here's how to install flatpak. $ just means your using the regular 
> user terminal,
> if you typed "sudo su" you'd be at the root terminal which is #.
> Download the latest CHIRP flatpak from here:
> https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/
> As of this moment the current version is 
> https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/chirp-daily-20220515.flatpak
> Rest of the work is from the terminal.
> First, install Flatpak:
> $ sudo apt install flatpak
> The other howtos seem to have missed this next step. You need to use
> flatpak to install the “freedesktop” platform. First update flatpak
> and your paths.
> $ flatpak update -v
> This will give you a warning about paths, something like:
> Note that the directories
> '/var/lib/flatpak/exports/share'
> '/home/[username]/.local/share/flatpak/exports/share'
> are not in the search path set by the XDG_DATA_DIRS environment
> variable, so applications installed by Flatpak may not appear on your
> desktop until the session is restarted.
> Since we now have to log out anyway, now might be a good time to make
> sure you are in the dialout group.
> Use  the groups command to list your active groups. If the group
> “dialout” does not appear, add yourself to the group (replace
> [username] with your username):
> $ sudo usermod -aG dialout [username]
> Now restart your session (or computer) and return to the terminal.
> ~$ flatpak update -v
> Looking for updates…
> Nothing to do.
> Don’t worry about installation directory warnings if you haven’t
> installed anything yet. Those will be created later. Important is that
> we got rid of the path warning. Moving on….
> Now you need to get the Freedesktop repository installed:
> $ flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
> https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
> and then install the Freedesktop Platform:
> $ flatpak install flathub org.freedesktop.Platform//19.08
> This might take a while its a big (~0.5Gb) download. Grab some coffee
> and make some QSO’s….. Maybe check out my club’s website:
> http://w6ek.org
> Finally we can install Chirp!  (replace .flatpack filename with your
> downloaded version)
> $ flatpak install Downloads/chirp-daily-20220515.flatpak
> You’re done! You can run chirp from your applications menu or from the
> command like like this:
> $ flatpak run com.danplanet.chirp
> My distro has a defective GIMP application so I used flatpak to 
> install the app from there, the only negative is that I cannot type 
> "gmp" from a terminal and have gimp run, I have to use teh menu entry.
> Try it - it's excellent and it's the future of applications in Linux.
> 73
> DR
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