by June 16, 2001 0 comments


Remember the Windows version of this popular code editor? The same has been ported over to the QNX RTOS and is a useful tool for programmers. It has features like syntax highlighting and editing binary files. To install, login as root and create a directory say ‘cooledit’ under the /root directory, copy the file cooledit-3.16.2-qnxto-bin.tar.bz2 from the PCQuest CD to this directory. Fire up a Terminal and change to the ‘cooledit’ directory. Decompress and untar the file as follows:

bzip —d cooledit-3.16.2-qnxto-bin.tar.bz2
tar —xvf cooledit-3.16.2-qnxto-bin.tar

Before you run this, make sure that you have the required gtk/glib and Python libraries. If not, install them first from the original QNX distribution CD.


This is a simple but useful utility for creating hotkeys in Photon. Hotkeys can be used as shortcuts for many frequently used commands. For example, you can relate Ctrl+Shift+X with running a particular application. To install, login as root and create a directory, say ‘hotkey’, under the /root directory. Copy the file PhHotKey-1.0-bld-x86-phearb.qpr to this directory. From the Terminal, change to the hotkey directory, and decompress and untar the file as follows:

tar —zxvf PhHotKey-1.0-bld-x86-phearb.qpr

This will extract the files from the mini repository to the directory. Start the QNX Package Manager and add a repository pointing it to this directory. Click on ‘View Repository’ to see the contents. Install it from there.


This is a PS/2 Mousewheel driver for QNX RTP. The same driver is bundled with the Input SDK for QNX. To install, login as root. Create a directory, say ‘devi’, under the /root irectory. Copy the file devi-hirun.tar.gz to this directory. Change to this directory from the Terminal and decompress and untar it as follows:

tar —zxvf devi-hirun.tar.gz


Those using Windows will be familiar with Winamp. This was ported over to Linux, and is now in QNX, too. The GUI is similar to Winamp except for the little Tux sitting in the bottom-right corner. You can create playlists and it supports plugins too. You can also apply skins to it. A nice alternative to the QNX Media Player to play MP3s. 

To install it, login as root. Create a directory ‘x11amp’ under /root. Copy the file x11amp.gz to this directory and unzip it as follows:

gunzip -d x11amp.gz

Run ‘x11zmp’ to execute the program. It requires gtk/glib. Also make sure that all your library paths are properly set. If you get an error, try setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH properly to point to the required libraries. 

Ashish Sharma

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