Installing Sound-Recorder

SoundRecEd downloads as a gzip'd tar-file. To unpack:
	tar  xvfz  SoundRecEd_1.x.tgz
This creates a directory, SoundRecEd_1.x, containing the following items:
	Readme.txt	   - A descriptive test file.
	sound_recorder.c   - Source-code of Sound-Recorder.
	sound_recorder     - Executable of Sound-Recorder.
	sound_editor.c	   - Source-code of Sound-Editor.
	sound_editor       - Executable of Sound-Editor.
	makefile           - Makefile, in case you need to re-compile.
	otk_lib		   - Source-code of GUI lib.
The two programs were pre-compiled under RedHat Fedora Core-4. There is a good chance they will run on your Linux platform without needing to re-compile. Try invoking them. If you need to compile, see the one-line compilation instructions in the Readme.txt file.


You can invoke the soundRecEd tools by any of several different methods, depending on your preferences. For example, you can invoke by a desk-top icon (launcher), file-browser, or directly from the command-line.

  • Launcher Icon - In many Linux environments, you can create a desk-top icon, called a launcher by right-clicking on the screen background and selecting Create Launcher. Type in the path and name of the executable in the Command-box, or browse-to and select the respective executable. Once the launcher(s) is created, just double-click the launcher to invoke the tool.

  • File-Browser - To invoke from your file-browser, navigate to the SoundRecEd_1.x directory, and double-click on the sound_recorder or sound_editor file, respectively.

  • Command-line - To invoke from a text-window/command-line, cd into the SoundRecEd_1.x directory, and type:
    	./sound_recorder &
    	./sound_editor &
    Respectively. Of course you could invoke them from anywhere by prefacing with the full path to the installation directory. One method is to create a simple alias in your .bashrc file, such as
    	alias sndrec="/home/bart/SoundRecEd_1.x/sound_recorder&"
    	alias snded="/home/bart/SoundRecEd_1.x/sound_editor&"
    Then you can just type, sndrec or snded from any directory, to bring up the sound-tools. (Will work in all future sessions. To test in current session, after editing .bashrc file in your home directory, type: source .bashrc)

    Another method is to move the executables to your /bin or /opt directories. You will need root privileges to do that. If you move the executables to the /bin directory, you might want to rename them to, for example, sndrec, and snded. Then you can just type either of those words to invoke the respective tool.
                      (answer root password)
                mv   sound_recorder   /bin/sndrec
                mv   sound_editor   /bin/snded

    If you want to use the /opt directory, you should move the whole SoundRecEd_1.x directory to /opt, as in:

    	mv SoundRecEd_1.x /opt 
    You will need root privileges to do that. Then you will need to either,
            - add /opt/SoundRecEd_1.x to your PATH (with export PATH=$PATH:/opt/SoundRecEd_1.x in your .bashrc),
            - or, create aliases, like above in your .bashrc file.

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