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17 Oct 2010, 08:17
Sven Riedel (8 posts)

It seems that Processing for linux is squarely aimed at 32bit architectures; you will get linking errors (ELF version mismatches) in some libraries for 64bit architectures. Unfortuntely, serial is one of them.

The fix is quite simple: Install the librxtx java library for your linux distribution, and copy the required system files over the processing files (see below).

I’m using Ubuntu 10.10, so the procedure here is:

sudo apt-get install librxtx-java
cd <processing_path>/libraries/serial/library

# first move away the original files in case we need to revert for any reason
# if you have a system wide installation, you may need to do this as root / with sudo
mv RXTXcomm.jar RXTXcomm.jar.orig
# now install the correct libraries
cp /usr/lib/jni/
cp /usr/share/java/RXTXcomm-2.2.pre2.jar RXTXcomm.jar

Since the libraries only get loaded when you’re trying to run a sketch, you won’t even need to restart the processing IDE.

Note: similar issues affect OpenGL libraries; Reply #4 in has a little ruby script to fix those. Other libraries may be affected as well.

17 Oct 2010, 15:35
Maik Schmidt (120 posts)

Hi Sven!

Thank you very much for making this useful information available on the book’s forum!!

It’s much appreciated!

Best, Maik

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