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If possible you should use binaries which have been created for your distribution.


RedHat RPMs are available from


Debian packages are available from Debian mirrors. To install Zapping type

apt-get install zapping

Source Code

You can download the latest version of Zapping from our Sourceforge project page.

See the Compile and Install page for further instructions.

Anonymous CVS Access

To get the latest development version of Zapping you can access the CVS server anonymously.

Step 1: Set the $CVSROOT environment variable. For sh/ksh/bash:


For csh/tcsh:

setenv CVSROOT

If you don't want to set $CVSROOT you can use the cvs -d option:

cvs -d command

Step 2: To log in to the Zapping CVS server type the following. When asked for a password just press enter.

cvs login

Step 3: To download the latest version of Zapping type:

cvs co zapping

You can request another version or development branch using the co -r TAG MODULE notation. This command for example requests Zapping version 0.7:

cvs co -r zapping-0-7 zapping

Other modules besides zapping are vbi containing the zvbi library and rte containing the rte library and mp1e. To find out which tags are available you can use the cvs status command or browse the CVS repository. Select a module and open the tag menu at the bottom of the page.

From now on you can type

cvs update -d -P

to update your copy of the CVS repository. As before, -r will choose a particular version or branch and -A the latest version.

If you would like to learn more about CVS, see the CVS info or manual pages or visit the CVS web site.

Step 4: Prior to the first compilation run

./ --prefix=/usr

to create missing configuration files. Change the install prefix as needed. The script requires several GNU build tools like autoconf or libtool, it will tell you if any are missing or too old.

See the Compile and Install page for further instructions.

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