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July 22nd, 2009, 04:48 PM
Hi guys here's my first post. I'm learning Ubuntu and Linux for the first time at the moment and picking things up ok so far. I have it running on a standalone PC but that's not networked yet because of where it is. I'll get a cable run in hopefully this weekend. Until then I'm also running it in a VM on my MAC. I've setup FTP access and telnet access and thats working fine.

I'm looking at installing a USB smartcard reader and I'm having a little trouble setting up the prerequisites required. Could anyone help me out with this please.

The reader is an Omnikey 3121 PCSC smartcard reader. The driver readme is as follows.

What you need

[1] Kernel with USB support either compiled in or as modules

[2] Mounted /usbfs (/usbdevfs)
For more detailed informations see http://www.linux-usb.org/

[3] libusb >= Version 0.1.12 available at

[4] PCSCLite >= Version 1.4.102 available at

[5] In order to use new SCardControl-API use PCSCLite > 1.3.2

[6] This driver supports our CT-API and our Synchronous API.
So, if you like to use one of them, you must download
the API in question from www.omnikey.com (http://www.omnikey.com).

Could anyone help me get this setup please.
Many thanks

July 23rd, 2009, 01:48 AM
Conditions 1, 3, 4, and 5 are satisfied in the default ubuntu setup.
Condition 2 can be satisfied by running:
sudo mount -t usbfs none /proc/bus/usb
To make condition 2 permanent, add:
none /proc/bus/usb usbfs defaults 0 0 to your /etc/fstab
Also, have a look at this (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=894566) thread.

I can not help with condition 6 but hopefully someone else can.

July 23rd, 2009, 02:35 AM