How to Build Sonic-Pi on Debian Buster

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oddy.o.lynx
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How to Build Sonic-Pi on Debian Buster

Post by oddy.o.lynx »

Sonic Pi builds well on Debian Stretch but I encountered a few snags on Buster and thought I'd post my work around.

The current build uses older versions of SuperCollider, sc3-plugins and aubio and is looking for a version of rugged unavailable to Buster. Making slight modifcations to two files allows for everything to build without a hitch.

If you have SuperCollider and SC3-Plugins already installed (certainly if via apt) you might want to consider uninstalling/removing them before proceeding. If they are installed via git removing them first is also the safer step to take.

Sonic-Pi will build SuperCollider, sc3-plugins, aubio and osmid so it's a good idea to create a folder to build everything

if that folder is called sp-build, from a command prompt

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mkdir sp-build

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cd sp-build

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git clone https://github.com/samaaron/sonic-pi.git
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Edited Update March 6, 2020:

Since this tutorial was posted the Sonic Pi github repository has been updated with changes to its file and code structure,
In order to complete the build one more step is required:

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git checkout 27747def881a2c39545df3457d0cfa0ed50a69b9
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next step is to make a slight change to compile-extensions.rb
change to its folder...

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cd sonic-pi/app/server/ruby/bin
backup compile-extensions.rb

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cp compile-extensions.rb compile-extensions.rb.old
open compile-extensions.rb in a text editor

at line 45 change

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  File.expand_path(File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../vendor/rugged-0.26.0/ext/rugged'),
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  File.expand_path(File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../vendor/rugged-0.28.0/ext/rugged'),
now to the build folder

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cd ../../../gui/qt
make a backup of build-debian-app

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cp build-debian-app build-debian-app.old
make the following changes to build-debian-app

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SUPERCOLLIDER_VERSION=3.9.1
SC_PLUGINS_VERSION=3.9.0 # 3.9.1 is currently in pre-release and I've had issues installing it, but 3.9.0 seems to work fine.
AUBIO_VERSION=c6ae035 # v0.4.6
OSMID_VERSION=391f35f789f18126003d2edf32902eb714726802
RUGGED_VERSION=0.26.0
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SUPERCOLLIDER_VERSION=3.10.3
SC_PLUGINS_VERSION=3.10.0
AUBIO_VERSION=0.4.9 
OSMID_VERSION=v0.6.8
RUGGED_VERSION=0.28.0
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#sudo gem install rugged
#cp -a "/var/lib/gems/2.3.0/gems/rugged-${RUGGED_VERSION}/." "../../server/ruby/vendor/rugged-${RUGGED_VERSION}/" # You may need to change this path slightly
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sudo gem install rugged -v '0.28.0'
cp -a "/var/lib/gems/2.5.0/gems/rugged-${RUGGED_VERSION}/." "../../server/ruby/vendor/rugged-${RUGGED_VERSION}/"
save file

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chmod 755 build-debian-app
./build-debian-app
if all goes well

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cd ../../..
chmod 755 run-debian-app
./run-debian-app
Last edited by oddy.o.lynx on Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:06 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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Re: Building Sonic-Pi on Debian Buster

Post by oddy.o.lynx »

forgot to mention that the last step to get MIDI devices recognized is to move the osmid folder up one level

from

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app/server/native/linux/osmid/
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app/server/native/osmid

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