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Old 06-30-2011, 10:19 AM   #1
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Calibre on ARM Linux

This is probably a stupid Q, but ... has anyone tried porting Calibre to run on ARM Linux?

(Asking because I'm in the process of acquiring an OpenPandora palmtop, which runs a tailored version of Angstrom Linux (http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/), and it seems to me that with a 600MHz Cortex A8 the OpenPandora ought to be up to running Calibre, not just an ebook reader client like FBReader.)
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Moved to get more eyes on the question. There has been discussion in the past about ARM by people who aren't developers.
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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calibre itself should be easy to port to ARM, it has very little C code. The problem is porting all its dependencies.
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I know Calibre requires python, < 3.0. I can't check the source right now because, ahem, I'm rebuilding MacPorts and haven't installed bzr yet: what other significant packages should I start looking into for Calibre support on ARM Linux?
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:53 PM   #5
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the list of dependencies is on the calibre linux download page.
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Gotcha. That list doesn't look particularly exotic/difficult.

When I get my OpenPandora I'll see what needs doing to get the prerequisites installed. And if practical I'll try and write a build script for a PND package (the distro's app package format).

(As I haven't done any serious programming in 8-9 years I may be some time ...)
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All the best

Fell free to ping me if you have trouble with any of the C code in calibre.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:54 AM   #8
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Hello,

Just to let you know that I've successfully got calibre (v 0.7.44) running on a Beagleboard XM. I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) on the board & pulled in Calibre via the Ubuntu repository (hence the old version). I tried using the ppa for calibre but without success. The only issue I had was with python-cssutils, which had to be v 0.9.7 to run correctly.

It comes on every morning at 5am & emails 'The Irish Times' to me. It works well, except that some of the news sources are not fully pulled in. Not sure what the exact problem is.

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