Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Creating EPS figure in Linux

Use the following steps to create eps figure in linux. 
  1. Use openoffice to draw the figure
  2. Export the file as figure.pdf
  3. Run $pdftops -eps figure.pdf. This will create a file figure.eps
  4. Run $cat figure.eps | ps2eps > MyFigure.eps. This will fix the bounding box of the eps file.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

HowTo: Build GNU RADIO with UHD

 Platform: Ubuntu Lucid 10.04/10.10

** All the following commands (in italic) are to be run at the shell.
  • CMAKE: Check if CMAKE is installed (just try to execute command cmake). If not installed then do the following.
    2. Unzip
    3. Goto the folder by $cd ~/cmake-X.X.X
    4. Run commands $./bootstrap; make; sudo make install
  • GIT: Check if GIT is installed (just try to execute command git). If not then install it from Applications->Ubuntu Software Center
  • LibUSB: If LibUSB is not installed...
    2. Unzip
    3. Goto the folder by $cd ~/libusb-X.X.X
    4. Run commands $./configure; make; sudo make install
  • GNURADIO Pre-Requisites:
    $sudo apt-get -y install libfontconfig1-dev libxrender-dev libpulse-dev swig g++ automake autoconf libtool python-dev libfftw3-dev \
    libcppunit-dev libboost-all-dev libusb-dev fort77 sdcc sdcc-libraries \ 
    libsdl1.2-dev python-wxgtk2.8 git-core guile-1.8-dev \
    libqt4-dev python-numpy ccache python-opengl libgsl0-dev \
    python-cheetah python-lxml doxygen qt4-dev-tools \
    libqwt5-qt4-dev libqwtplot3d-qt4-dev pyqt4-dev-tools python-qwt5-qt4
  • Download and Install UHD
    $git clone git://
    $cd ~/uhd/host/
    $mkdir build
    $cd build
    $cmake ../
    $make test
    $sudo make install
    $sudo ldconfig
  • Download and Install GNURADIO
    $git clone git://
    $cd ~/gnuradio
    $git branch --track next origin/next
    $git checkout next 
    $export PKG_CONFIG_PATH
    $./configure --enable-gr-uhd
    $make check
    $sudo make install
    $sudo ldconfig
  • Configure USRP Support
    $sudo addgroup usrp
    $sudo usermod -G usrp -a <YOUR_USERNAME>
    $echo 'ACTION=="add", BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="fffe", SYSFS{idProduct}=="0002", GROUP:="usrp", MODE:="0660"' > tmpfile
    $sudo chown root.root tmpfile
    $sudo mv tmpfile /etc/udev/rules.d/10-usrp.rules
    $sudo udevadm control --reload-rules

Thursday, June 2, 2011

USPR2 and Boost Problem

USRP2 requires boost package for installation. As of today (2nd June, 2011) USPR2 is supposed to work with Boost 1.36 or greater but it doesn't for 1.45. After trying several versions, I got it working with Boost 1.41.