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Installing CoolTerm on Raspberry Pi running Raspbian

PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 2:35 pm
by roger
Here is a relatively straight forward way to install CoolTerm to the start menu on Raspbian:
  • Give the current user permission to use serial ports by adding it to the dialout group:
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    sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER

    You may have to log out and back in for the group change to take effect
  • Move the entire contents of the extracted CoolTerm archive to /home/pi/.local/CoolTerm/.
  • Use a text editor to create a .desktop file at /home/pi/.local/share/applications/
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    sudo nano /home/pi/.local/share/applications/CoolTerm.desktop

    Enter the following lines of text:
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    [Desktop Entry]
    Type=Application
    Name=CoolTerm
    Comment=CoolTerm Serial Terminal
    Icon=/home/pi/.local/CoolTerm/appicon_128.png
    Exec=/home/pi/.local/CoolTerm/CoolTerm
    Terminal=false
    Categories=Other;

    Press CTRL-O to save the edits and CTRL-X to exit the nano editor.
  • Restart the lxde environment:
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    lxpanelctl restart

  • You should now be able to execute CoolTerm from the Raspberry Pi start menu ("Other" category)