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February 27th, 2011, 03:40 PM

The version of SCID chess database in the ubuntu software manager is very out of date. The latest version is here (http://scid.sourceforge.net/download.html) but I have no idea how to install (sorry - I am new to ubuntu).

Does anyone know how to get ubuntu to link to the latest version or install the latest version?



February 27th, 2011, 03:47 PM
at the bottom of the web-page was these instructions...

"To compile Scid for Linux or other Unix operating systems, you must have Tcl/Tk (8.5 or newer is required) and a C++ compiler. You should be able to compile Scid just by typing ./configure and then make in the scid directory. If that does not work, you may need to edit the Makefile."

can I suggest you install the following

sudo apt-get install build-essential


sudo apt-get install tcl8.5

assuming you have downloaded the database in "Downloads"

using nautilus (filemanager) double click the file located in Downloads - choose the extract option

cd Downloads
cd <folder extracted to>




ensure no errors are reported then install with

sudo make install

February 27th, 2011, 03:59 PM
Thanks. I had an error but will persevere and let you know how I get on

May 24th, 2011, 01:53 AM
Seems the answer to the below issue is here:

Tried following davidmohammed's instructions (earlier this thread), and all went fine until ./configure:

configure: Makefile configuration program for Scid
Tcl/Tk version: 8.5
Your operating system is: Linux 2.6.32-31-generic-pae
Location of "tcl.h": not found
Location of "tk.h": not found
Location of Tcl 8.5 library: /usr/lib
Location of Tk 8.5 library: /usr/lib
Location of X11 library: /usr/lib
Checking if your system already has zlib installed: yes.
Using Makefile.conf.
Not all settings could be determined!
The default Makefile was written.
You will need to edit it before you can compile Scid.