Archive for April 27th, 2005

apt-get install gnomad2

A few years ago, I decided to part with 120 of my hard-earned dollars and buy a Creative Nomad Jukebox 10gb. This MP3 player was already a couple years past its prime, but I figured for the price, it was a great deal. After all, one can fit a hell of a lot of music onto a 10gb hard drive, even if that music is encoded at a high bit rate.

In the intervening years, I’ve not regretted this purchase at all. The Jukebox has been amazingly useful, providing music for working out, travelling and for my work day. The only problem I had with the Jukebox was that I couldn’t get it to work in Linux.

I realized just yesterday, however, that it had to be possible. Creative’s sold a ton of Jukeboxes; someone had to have hacked together Linux support. And a very brief Google search showed this to be true. Specifically, in the form of Gnomad2, a Jukebox/Zen utility for Linux (and, apparently, *BSD).

I was elated to find gnomad2 in the apt repository, so I did a quick apt-get install gnomad2 and expected everything to Just Work. Which turned out to be a silly expectation. After a little bit of stumbling around and finding documentation, I tracked down the problem: while the gnomad2 package (and dependencies) install all needed libraries, they do not configure hotplug to recognize the Jukebox.

A little more research, and I found what I needed to do. The step-by-step instructions were:

  • download the libnjb sources
  • ./configure in the libnjb directory
  • make in the libnjb directory
  • cat nomad.usermap >> /etc/hotplug/usb/usb.usermap
  • cp nomadjukebox /etc/hotplug/usb/
  • chmod a+x /etc/hotplug/usb/nomadjukebox
  • /etc/init.d/hotplug restart

As expected, once hotplug re-detects the USB devices, it now detects and sets up the Nomad Jukebox. Gnomad2 then detects the Jukebox, and everying Just Works.

Now I just need to find time to get my iPod Shuffle to work in amaroK…

Profile picI am a 40-ish uber-geek, Daoist and family man. Blessed to have one incredible wife and three wonderful kiddos. Dao has been kind to me.

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