ADTPro Installation

Welcome to ADTPro!

To get started, you will need a Java installation you can call from the command line of your host computer. This means that if you type the command java -version from a terminal window it ought to produce a Java message and not complaints. One place to get a downloadable Java distribution is from Oracle: Java SE JRE download. When you get there, look for a Java SE JRE download button. Download for your platform and install it, paying careful attention on Windows to 32-bit or 64-bit versions; letting Oracle pick for you has been known to result in the incorrect version being installed.

The ADTPro distribution comes as a single file named something similar to ADTPro-v.r.m with an extension particular to the target platform:

  • ADTPro-v.r.m.tar.gz - Linux or Solaris
  • ADTPro-v.r.m.dmg - Mac OSX
  • - Windows or OS/2

(The "v.r.m" part signifies the Version, Release, and Modification numbers of the particular distribution you're looking at.)

Installation steps:

  1. Unpack the ADTPro distribution file using your operating system's native facilities.
  2. Start the ADTPro server from your host computer's command line or by clicking on the startup program for your host operating system.
  3. Bootstrap the client software on your Apple II via serial or cassette ports; or bootstrap it on your Apple /// via its serial port.

Please report troubles, bugs, requests for help, etc. on the Help forum for ADTPro at SourceForge:

Good luck - and have fun!

Unix RXTX Considerations

For Unix variants other than Mac OSX, make sure the user that will be running ADTPro is in the group lock or uucp so that lockfiles can work.

For Ubuntu, you will want to add the group dialout to your user with the following command from a terminal window: sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER

The and adtpro.command files can be customized to suit your environment. The main thing to do is to choose your platform for RXTX support. You may need to tweak the check for what your operating system returns from the uname command, and connect that to the appropriate RXTX library directory.

If you don't specify the right one, or if your platform is unsupported by RXTX, you will get an error similar to the one below on startup:

java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: Can't find library rxtxSerial (
  in sun.boot.library.path or java.library.path
 thrown while loading

Keep working at your startup script or just ask for help.

OS/2 RXTX Considerations

OS/2 doesn't have a native RXTX library. It would be a relatively easy thing to snap in the original Sun/IBM serial library, but just hasn't been done yet. Holler if you want it. Otherwise, the audio and UDP/Ethernet versions work fine in OS/2.

Distribution contents

The distribution should contain most of these files, depending on platform:

adtpro.bat - A Windows server startup batch file

adtpro.cmd - An OS/2 server startup command file - An OSX server application for OSX 10.3 and above

ADTPro.command - An OSX server startup command file - A Linux/Solaris server startup shell script

ac.bat - A Windows AppleCommander command line invoker batch file - A Linux/Solaris AppleCommander command line invoker script

LICENSE - The GNU Public License file

README - The info you're looking at now, mostly

disks/ADTPRO-v.r.m.DSK - ADTPro Apple II client-side software (an Apple 140K disk image)

disks/ADTPROSOS-v.r.m.DSK - ADTPro Apple /// client-side software (an Apple 140K disk image)

disks/ADTPRO-v.r.m.PO - ADTPro Apple II client-side software (an Apple 800K disk image)

disks/VDRIVE-v.r.m.DSK - Virtual drive driver software (see the virtual drive section)

disks/Virtual.po - A blank example virtual disk that is served to virtual drive requests

disks/Virtual2.po - A blank example virtual disk that is served to virtual drive requests

lib/ADTPro-v.r.m.jar - ADTPro server-side software (a Java .jar file)

lib/AppleCommander/AppleCommander-v.r.m.p-ac.jar - AppleCommander support software (a Java .jar file)

lib/rxtx/... - Java serial library files